Luke 12:51-53, “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”“
The cross divides everybody. The cross is the dividing point of all humanity. What you do with Jesus Christ on the cross in His death and resurrection determines your eternal destiny. When you consider Jesus, you must consider the coming division.
John 7 says, “there arose a division in the crowd because of Him.” John 9:16, “There was a division among them.” John 10, “There arose a division again among the Jews.” Jesus divided everywhere He went. The gospel is a serious problem to people who reject it and those who believe it are outcasts, and it goes all the way down to the most intimate point of human unity, the family.
There is division in the family and sometimes that division can be so severe that it can end up even in death. Listen to Matthew chapter 10:21, “Brother will deliver up brother to death, a father his child, children rise up against parents, cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by all on account of My name. ”
The Gospel will cut people from you. It indicts them, and it condemns them by virtue of its message. It is divisive, Micah 7:6 said the very same thing in “For son treats father contemptuously. Daughter rises up against her mother, daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.”
Jesus is the great divider. The cross is the great dividing event and at that point, we’re divided. Do you still embrace Him? Then He will be to you the Prince of Peace. Because division may be uncomfortable, awkward, at at times hurtful, but even then – we can enjoy a peace that surpasses understanding.