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The Divisive Jesus Luke 12:49-56

The Divisive Jesus

Christ's call may be very divisive, and it promises no peace at all ... except the peace of God.

At a Glance

This text has one of the "hard sayings" of Jesus. Let's face it: some of the things Jesus says are hard to swallow. Or it may be that we're just unwilling to listen or obey. So what did Jesus mean when he said that he came to cause "division"?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Have a Wonder-full Life," August 16, 1998, at

"Gentle Jesus, meek and mild ..."

The sound you hear is people who've actually read the Gospels gagging.

"Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, look upon a little child ..." are the opening lines of one of Charles Wesley's well-known hymns, but for painting a word-picture of Jesus, he could hardly have chosen a less applicable word than "mild," especially in light of today's gospel reading.

How about this instead: "Divisive Jesus, strong and riled ..."?

Okay, maybe "riled" isn't quite the right word for this particular passage either -- ...

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