Jesus: The cause of division

Jesus says in Matthew 10:34-36 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law”.

Jesus was described in Isaiah 9:6 as the “Prince of Peace”. He was the one who said to his disciples in John 14:27 “Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” If you compare these verses, you might find them contrary in nature.

Is Jesus causing division as he said that I have come to bring a sword?

In order to understand what the Lord is saying to his Church through these verses, we should try to understand first How the Lord has defined Peace, Sword and Division in his Holy Word.

Peace as described in John14:27 is Jesus’ own peace which is different from the peace that this world gives. The peace that this world gives is conditional and dependent upon worldly possession and blessings. For instance, worldly people say that everything is at peace when their lives run smoothly, their children are in good jobs and are happily married, their grand children are obedient, they have good health, etc. The list is endless, if somehow one thing goes missing, the peace runs away from their lives.

The Peace that Jesus gives is unconditional, independent and permanent. It stays despite adverse situations and circumstances. Jesus’ peace fills the heart and mind of the believer with a special joy that comes out of him/her at a time when there is no reason to rejoice. It all happens so that the true nature of Jesus’ peace may be reflected to others and brings glory to the heavenly father.

Have you ever felt a very special peace  in your heart despite storms in your life? Know that this is the same peace that Jesus offered to his disciples and is still inviting people to receive it.

Sword and Division: Jesus has indeed come with a sword to divide. The sword as described in Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and alive, sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Jesus is the word of most high God that became flesh. Being the WORD in FLESH, Jesus and the Word of God carry the same nature that is to penetrate and divide. Have you ever experienced being convicted after reading or hearing the word of God. That was the moment when the word was exercising its penetrating power to bring the thoughts or habits out of you that were blocking your closeness to God. Not only so, once you accept and submit to the penetrating process of the word,  it is powerful enough to separate those thought/habits out of your life forever.

Jesus has indeed come with a sword to divide. Wherever Jesus is, there is light. In light things become clearer and show their true nature and colour. In a family,  where Jesus comes, light appears and separation follows. In the same manner as father created light by his word and then separated light from darkness. This happens because not everyone accepts the Lord at the same time, as is written in John 1:11 “He came to his own but his own did not receive him.” That brings a great responsibility to those who have accepted Christ. John 1:5 says “Light shines in the darkness.”  When God separated the light from darkness, he didn’t take the light away from darkness but left it to shine in the darkness, likewise those who have come to know the Lord should intercede for the other family members who have not yet received the Lord. If you are in a family where there are people who have not yet accepted the Lord, the Lord is speaking to you to SHINE EVEN THOUGH ITS HARD TO SHINE and pray so that the whole household may come to know the Lord.

Father, how deep are your thoughts and who has known your ways. Thank you my father that you have been made known to us by Jesus Christ, our sun of righteousness.

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Light shines in darkness

Genesis 1:3-4 “ God said let there be light and there was light  and God saw that the light was good and divided the light from darkness”

 God is sureme and has complete authority over the world of darkness and light. His word is alive and active that has the power to bring life to wherever it is spoken. So when God used his supreme word to command to come, light appeared. If you read the next part of the verse, you will find that even though the light appeared, there was still a part of darkness that wasn’t turned into light. The next part said “God separated light from darkness”.  If the light had appeared all over the place, God wouldn’t have had to separate light from darkness.

Why was there still darkness even though God said “let there be light.”

Bible says in John1:5 “light shines in the darkness.” Father, our creator,  wanted to reveal the true nature of light by putting it under adverse situation. Light appears much brighter when shines in darkness. If God had turned the whole darkness into light, light wouldn’t have reflected  its true beauty and characteristic.

What situation are you in today?

Does it seem that you are surrounded by darkness even though you are trying to live a Godly life? Do you wonder why you are being persecuted and put down by others when all you are doing is to try to live a Christ centered life?

The answer lies in the fact that God has spoken his divine word over you, “Let there be light.” He made his light shine onto you so that others may see the true beauty and nature of this light that shines and becomes brighter in adverse situation and by faith and persistence you may reveal the true nature and image of Christ that is being formed in you day by day.  God is sovereign and he could turn the darkness that is surrounding you into light at any time. A little patience, and the one who separated light from darkness will give you freedom from every hindrance and resistance that stands against your God given light.

Father, thank you that you have given your own light to us. Enable us to let it shine onto others.