When Jesus Brings Division

In confronting sin, he’s anything but “meek and mild.”

When Jesus Brings Division

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“Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division” (Luke 12:51)

It’s hard to hear these words from Jesus. Maybe we’d expect them from a hot-headed revolutionary or a fanatical extremist—but not Jesus! We may prefer to think of him as the meek shepherd, humbly and gently leading his flock along the path of righteousness. But we can’t skim over these words, even if they make us uncomfortable—not unless we want to miss out on a full grasp of his mission.

Jesus really did come to put an end to peace and bring division. He came to dispel the “peace” of the status quo and bring instead the “division” of transformation and change. Jesus is a force to be reckoned with, who takes an axe to the “roots of the tree,” the places we try to avoid looking at. You might even say he is a revolutionary because…

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