(Luke 12:51) "Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division."
Many of you are thinking, "what happened to goodwill towards all men?" Didn't Jesus come to bring peace to the world?
Yes, He did do that BUT the peace that He brings, He is telling His disciples, will cause division. Christianity will be faced with resistance.
All we have to do is look back over time and we will clearly see that the message of Christ divides: the Jews and Christians were divided. Families are divided. And because of your own testimony; believers and unbelievers are divided.
There is a cost to follow Christ. Our sin cost Jesus His life and our commitment to follow Him will cost us something too.
There is a song that we sing sometimes that says this:
“Nothing can bring me peace with God, nothing, nothing, nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
Jesus promised, “Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29).
Following Christ may cost you everything! However, if you want the peace of God, expect some opposition. Expect to pay a price.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING:Joshua 8-9, Luke 12:49-59, Psalm 70
SATURDAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: Joshua 10:1-11:15, Luke 13:1-21, Psalm 71:1-6
SUNDAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: Joshua 11:16-13:33, Luke 13:22-35, Psalm 71:7-16