Reality is, that somebody is going to upset someone. Even Jesus, in the first century, seemed to be aware of this.
Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.Luke 12:50-51 (NIV Bible)
Jesus seemed to saying here that different people had differing views of who he was and what he stood for, so upsetting the table cart. Some views of Jesus were in opposition to other views. So, that is one reason why there have been different churches.
In one family, someone may postulate a view of how to live the Christian life and another may postulate an opposing view. Someone may say, this is how I live for Jesus, and another may say, that is how you shouldn’t live for Jesus!
I’ve always been fascinated by that verse in the Bible. It is always put out that Jesus is being divisive, but conservative Bible scholars have always defended the verse as not being divisive. However, I think it’s about how life is, then and now.
Jesus upset people and made them think. Some took what he said one way or another and others viewed what he taught with dismay, admiration, pleasure, or scorn. Even the same family could be divided on who Jesus was and what he came to do.
To me, it is not unusual for families these days to be at different ends on the matter of Jesus and what one should do with him.
We often here a lot today of love and peace. But realities are still that people have opposing views on not only Jesus, but on faith, religion, and everything else. Some would say, why should Jesus be a stumbling block to living at peace within one’s own family and even society?
I could not agree more. Even so, even before the coming of Jesus, the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament does predict that Jesus would be a stumbling block, though.
He will be
a stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.
And for the people of Jerusalem he will be
a trap and a snare.
15 Many of them will stumble;
they will fall and be broken,
they will be snared and captured.”Isaiah 8:14-15 (NIV Bible)
Jesus does cause controversy still. What did he mean, some ask? Did he actually say that? But he meant that…and so on. Sometimes, many of the passages of the gospels are deemed fiction.
No matter how much Jesus is the Prince of Peace, he is still causing people to take a stance on him. This will continue until the dying day.
However one took Jesus, he knew what he was about, and he knew those who truly believed in him and wanted to follow him. The witnesses to Jesus testify of his grace, mercy, love and kindness. They testify that his ultimate act of redeeming grace caused a movement and community….people redeemed by him could imitate him because they found redemption from the sin that was at work in them.