KEY VERSE: “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division” (Luke 12:51).
Fire is a destructive agent as well as a purifying one. Gold becomes what it is as a result of the fuller’s fiery furnace, which helps in burning off the unwanted dross which hitherto had rendered the jewel unattractive and worthless. A woman in labour willingly bears the pain because the birth of a child that ends it. Christ’s sufferings were the travail of his soul, which He cheerfully underwent, in hope that He would, by them, save many souls. His heart was set upon the redemption and salvation of man. He stressed that the effect of the preaching of the gospel will be “division” and discord among relations, when the one turns Christian and the other does not.
In essence, Christ was telling His disciples not to expect peace upon the earth, for they were sent forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Having given His disciples the lesson, Christ turned to the people. In general, he would have them be as wise in spiritual matters as they are in their outward affairs. Christianity has reason and natural conscience on its side; and, if men would allow themselves the liberty of judging what is right, they would soon find that Christ’s precepts concerning all things are right, and that there is nothing more equitable in itself, nor better for us, than to submit to the revealed will of God, regardless of its cost.
God has both right and might on His side; so that it is all together futile to indulge in a controversy with Him. Let us diligently take steps to embrace Him as a Father and Christ as Saviour by turning away from our sins. We are to live happily in His presence in righteousness and holiness all the days of our lives by grace.
Thought for the day: Live by the grace of God.
Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 9-10