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“Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!” –Luke 12:51
The Truth Hurts
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Wow. This is really not the warm fuzzy Jesus we’ve come to expect.
We often hold tightly to the images of Jesus that we are most comfortable with – the lamb, the one who says “let the children come to me.”
But this guy? We’re not so sure about THIS Jesus. Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God coming into the world and causing disruption and division instead of peace and harmony.
And it makes sense – the Kingdom of God is going to be seen by the current powers that be as something disruptive. It’s a matter of perspective.
Think about it – you work for money or power and Jesus comes in and says those things aren’t what matter? Wouldn’t you be upset? Wouldn’t you consider walking away from the Kingdom of God?
Jesus reminds us that it’s not easy to unseat the current power, but it’s inevitable. The Kingdom of God is always at work breaking into this world, shaking things up.
And sometimes, yes, it divides. But other times, it’s just stunning.
At the end of my message on Sunday, I had people write down moments they had seen the Kingdom of God breaking in.
And we filled a wall with them. It was beautiful.
And a good reminder that in this world where it sometimes seems like division and contention is all there is, God’s work is also renewing, redeeming, and restoring.
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. What do you think is the prevailing power in the world? How does that power respond when it’s challenged?
2. Where have you seen the Kingdom of God breaking into the world? What did it look like? How was it perceived by the current powers?
3. What can you do to partner with God in bringing this Kingdom here and now?
Look around for the Kingdom of God this week – and then point it out!
We need to speak a different narrative than the one that is prevalent in our current culture.
Hope. Renewal. Restoration. Love.
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