Luke 12:51
“Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division.”

We often have the image of the quiet and peaceful Jesus of Nazareth in our minds, maybe sitting with the children upon His knee and quieting the sheep. Although Jesus was like this, this is not the way it was in Judea when He was on earth. He Himself said to those around Him, “I have not come to bring peace, but division.”

He was the Word for His day. That Word was the most upsetting phenomena to ever strike the face of the earth. Upheaving traditions, not only of the Jews, but of every religion and every human being. During His ministry, He called the leading religious leaders of the day “snakes in the grass”, calling them hypocrites and deceivers. He took a switch of rope and threw out the sacrifice merchants from the temple in an angry fit of rage. This was His reputation throughout the land.

Jesus was rugged and rough when it came to the Truth. When the time came, there was no hesitation to fearlessly and boldly show who He was and what He brought. He was more than a man, He was God in flesh. Although He was concerned about the people He was to save, His life caused division and not peace.

Even as Christ lived, so must we. We should be fearless in the face of wrong, but loving and tender in the presence of a struggling soul. He did not stone the woman caught in adultery, rather He forgave her, yet in an angry rage he threw out that which was wrong from the house of God. He was the Word and it operated in perfect balance. That is how we must operate according to the Holy Spirit.

You are the Godhead bodily, be fearless in the face of wrong, yet be tender to those lost souls around you.

51-0506A - “Believest Thou This?”
He was a man when He was laying there on the back of that boat that night, so tired from healing the sick and the virtue going out of Him, till He was so sleepy till the waves didn't wake Him up. The sea, angry, ten thousands devils swore they would drown Him that night. He was a man when that little old boat, like a bottle stopper jumped about on the sea. He was a man when He was laying there asleep. But when He rose, put His foot on the brail of the boat, said, "Peace, be still." He was more than a man when He stopped the roaring seas and parted the waves. God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself. He was the Divine Son of God. Hallelujah. He was a man when He cried for mercy at the cross. That's right. He died like a man, crying for mercy, the cross, but when He rose on Easter morning, He proved He was God.

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