When we think of Jesus, especially this time of year, our mind drifts to words like peace and joy and happiness. That’s great, but far from what Jesus said it would be.
Jesus never promised an easy peaceful life. We are promised peace and joy and sorrow with no more sorrow and no more sadness – someday. But not today.
Jesus tells his closest friends and followers that he did not come to bring peace but division.
Division is not bad.
Division is necessary.
Division is needed.
Division separates us from our sin. We are separated from the evil that binds us up and keeps us from living the abundant and full life we are promised with Christ. We are divided away from the sin that will keep us from that eternal home in heaven.
And that is where it gets tough.
When we decide to follow Christ, we put our sin away. We leave the dark and walk in the light. We think that it will be a peaceful walk but it is not. The walk gets tougher. The walk gets harder.
As you leave the evil behind, the evil one will pull out every dirty trick to trip you up. The pull into the darkness is strong. Obstacles, barriers, and all sorts of temptations will be thrown in our path. All to distract us and lead us back into the dark.
Where life feels easy.
Where we live in the here and now.
In the darkness, we do not see that the path is leading us to a painful and traumatic ending.
No, Jesus did not come so that we would have peace in this carnal sin-filled world.
He came to divide us from the evil. To separate us from this sinful world.
Jesus came to give us a path to eternal peace.
We will struggle.
We must overcome obstacles.
We will have challenges to conquer.
In the light we can see where we are going.
In the light we can see the future.
In the light we see we are on the path to eternal peace in Heaven.
During this time of year, as we think of peace, do not be discouraged when it doesn’t seem peaceful. Do not let the moments of stress and trouble pull you down. Do not let the distractions lead you into the darkness.
Know who’s you are.
Know why you are doing it.
Know where you are going.
Know when times are tough that you are getting better and stronger.
Know how sweet the peace will be on the other side of the struggle.
It ain’t easy. But it will be worth it!
Do you think that I came here to bring peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.Luke 12:51