He’s Coming – Peace

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  1. Kirstie says:

    In Matthew 10:34, Jesus says “Do not suppose I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” The way I understand it is Jesus brings both a sword that divides AND peace for those who trust in Him. Why do you suppose he said he did not come to bring peace to the earth when he was talking to his disciples?

  2. Tim Omrod says:

    Great question Kirstie!

    I take it Jesus here is countering the Jewish expectation that the messiah would bring an ‘earthly’ peace. The Jews (including the disciples) no doubt had heard prophecies like Micah 5 and understood them in terms of political peace and prosperity in the here and now, but as we saw in Micah, this is not the kind of peace Jesus has in mind.

    When Jesus says, ‘I have not come to bring peace but the sword’ he is effectively saying my message of peace with God through the forgiveness of sins will not bring peace on earth now, rather it will divide people. Indeed as you see in the rest of what he says in Matthew 10 this message will lead to great persecution for Jesus’ followers.

    I guess this adds another dimension to what I said in the talk about how as Christians waiting for Jesus to establish his reign of peace in the new creation, we should not be at peace in the world. Instead, we should expect to be under attack as we are persecuted and rejected by those who reject the message.

  3. Abram K-J says:

    I just found this Website and listened to the sermon all the way through. Wow! I am a seminary student in the U.S. I just wrote a 40-plus-page paper on this Micah passage (5:2-6), as well as preached on it in Advent. Your sermon–especially your last point about longing for the peace that Jesus will one day bring–was inspiring, challenging, and Spirit-filled. Thank you!!!!


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