During the Christmas season, the theme of peace saturates our music, sermons, and seasons greetings. We are not wrong to emphasize this. After all, the angels proclaimed “peace on earth” (Lk. 2:14) at Jesus’ coming, and Jesus’ death and resurrection resulted in peace between God and men being preached to Jew and Gentile alike (Eph. 2:17). Nevertheless, Jesus unabashedly brings division in addition to peace but for a purpose. False peace is such an abomination in the sight of God that Jesus was willing to tear down false, temporary peace in order to establish true peace.
World peace could be achieved today, but without peace with God, it would mean nothing. Friendships, treaties, romances, even families – any alliance that serves to keep us from having peace with God – all will be disrupted or destroyed in the Father’s relentless pursuit of us. Jesus reached out to us in compassion, shakes us from our fading sources of peace, and offers us true, lasting peace. Peace founded upon truth is the only peace that truly lasts, and it only comes through Jesus.
Read Luke 12 and answer the reflection questions to help you process the passage.