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The Prince Of Peace Brings Division?

At Christmastime we hear names given to the Messiah in Isaiah.

And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

​ -​ Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
We hear those words, “Prince of Peace” and think that Jesus is this peace-loving, hippie kind of a guru who just wants everyone to get along all the time.  While I believe that Jesus desires peace in His church, I also know that Jesus did not come to bring peace to the earth.  He says so in Luke 12:49-53.

Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. – Luke 12:49 (NIV)

What does He mean?  Why would the Prince of Peace bring division?  Why would He turn family members against each other?  Is this what Jesus really wants?  I don’t think it is what He wanted, but I think that Jesus knew that division and fighting would be a byproduct of His coming.  Think about the wars that have been fought in the name of Jesus.  Think about families where children have been disowned because they became Christians.  Think about those families where brothers and sisters no longer talk because they don’t want to hear about “that Jesus stuff.”  Even in the church there is division on account of Jesus!  How awful is that?!?  Jesus knew that His purpose was not to bring peace to the earth, but peace between God and humanity.  His death gives us peace with God, not necessarily peace with each other.  It is incumbent upon God’s people that we strive for peace with everyone.​​

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. – Romans 12:18 (NIV)

Let us do our part to bring peace to the earth through the power of the One who brings us peace with God.
​Luke 12:49-53​ (NIV)

Not Peace but Division

49 “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

 

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