There are many telling verses in this passage. Verses 34-39 are very challenging for parents as your children go out into this world.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
How do we reconcile this? Isn’t Jesus the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6-7)?
It’s interesting to think about the angels, perhaps the thought has come to your mind, didn’t the angels sing at Jesus’ birth about Him bringing peace?
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!'”
There is peace, for those with whom God is pleased!
This is super important isn’t it? And it’s a hard thing to wrestle with.
But the end of the matter is that there are the sheep and the goats, there the narrow way that leads to life and there is the wide road that leads to destruction. There is belief and there is unbelief.
It’s interesting too to think about the sword that Jesus brings.
What is that sword?
We read in Ephesians 6, of the armor of God that we have, “… And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,”
And of the rider of the white horse who judges and makes war, in Revelation, we read, “From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations,”
The sword comes from Jesus’ mouth. He who was the word become flesh (John 1). And we have only one offensive weapon.
The word of God!
It is God’s word that offends our loved ones, our friends, our family. Those we meet at work, those in the street, even some in our churches.
It is the Word of God that in turn must be on our lips and in our hearts and minds.
But it is a sword.
* Father God,
Thank You for the reminder Jesus gives us here, that He brings a sword – Himself, Your Word become flesh.
Thank You that we can have peace … IN YOU! In and through Jesus!
But Lord we pray for those who don’t know You, please help us to speak to them Your word, for they are on that broad road to destruction.
And please Lord, please save them. Please may Your word turn from being an offense to being the water of life, welling up to eternal life.