‘I Did Not Come To Bring Peace’ – Crazy Things Jesus Said – Mt. 10:34
Find Out Why the Prince of Peace said, “I did not come to bring peace.”
Jesus was not a pacifist!
I am personally a fan of the all the Christmas songs as they sing in their angelic choir voices about peace on earth and good will toward men. I love the idea of living peacefully with everyone and singing kumbaya by the fire while roasting marshmallows. Here’s the deal though, Jesus wasn’t. He said “I did not come to bring peace.”
Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. – Matthew 10:34
It seems to me that in our socially correct modern world, too many of us walk around on egg shells with our faith wrapped up in pretty little gift boxes hoping that no one will be offended. It’s time we got over it. Jesus was offensive. Not for the sake of offending, but for the sake of being truthful and genuinely loving.
Peace without truth and love is false peace.
Peace that comes at the expense of laying aside truth or love is a false peace. Jesus understood that before we could ever have peace in this world we would have to confront the reality of who we are and the things we have done. Guess what though… People don’t like that!
When is the last time someone told you that you were wrong or that you had screwed up? What was your initial reaction? If you’re anything like most people, then there’s a good chance your first reaction was to be angry. After all, what gives you the right to tell me I’m wrong!
Think about the life of Jesus. He was the embodiment of both love and truth. What happened to Him? Oh, yeah… they killed Him. His teachings enraged those who rejected the truth and love that He offered this world.
Maybe that’s why Jesus said, “I did not come to bring peace.” In fact, He even finished that statement by saying that He came to bring a sword. Jesus understood that truth and love have the potential to bring out the best and the worst in people.
Truth and love always precede true peace.
How do we reconcile the fact that Jesus said, “I did not come to bring peace” with the verse in Isaiah 9:6 that says that our awesome savior is going to be called the Prince of Peace? Is there a great contradiction in the Bible, or is there a great truth that lies just beneath the surface?
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6
My experience has been that apparent contradictions in scripture are often good indicators that there’s a significant truth hidden in that paradox, and that’s the case here.
Jesus did bring peace.
Jesus did bring peace. He told 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.” These verses find harmony when we realize that we can never have real, lasting, and authentic peace if we are living outside of God’s plan for our lives. Unfortunately, many of us have at one time or another fought that plan.
As long as we fight against the plan of God for our lives, we are fighting against peace. That’s why Jesus said that He didn’t come to bring peace. He came to put that plan and purpose right in front of our faces and force us to confront it. We choose how we’ll respond. That choice will either lead to peace or frustration.
Where is your peace gauge at?
Do you feel like Jesus is more of a nuisance than a peace-giver? Maybe the reason for that is that He is forcing you to confront the truth about yourself.
Most people want to hang on to sin in their lives and have peace at the same time. It won’t work. We have been created to experience peace as a bi-product of living in a way that aligns with God’s purposes for our lives.
He won’t force you to choose peace, but the greatest gift we’ll ever receive is the gift of truth and love. Even if receiving that gift forces us to confront some painful issues.
As long as you fight your destiny, you’ll find Jesus to be offensive and sharp… kind of like a sword. However, when you bring your life into alignment with God’s purpose, then you’ll find that He gives unsurpassed peace.
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