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Friday, January 08, 2010

Christ A Source Of Division

John 7:43 - So there was a division among the people because of him.

This was a signal characteristic of the life and ministry of Jesus.

John 7:12 - And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.

John 9:16 - Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.

John 10:19 - There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.

Jesus did not shy away from the reality of creating division.
Luke 12:51-53 - Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:  For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.  The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

If we do not preach a Jesus that produces division we may not be preaching the Jesus of the bible.  Jesus required men to make a choice, and where people must make a choice there will be division.  Some will believe, some will not.
We live in an apostate age in which the only Jesus most know anything about is a Jesus of unity.  This is not a complete picture.  Therefore it is an untrue characterization.  When everyone can be united under the same Jesus no matter what they believe about him we may not have division but neither do we have the Jesus of the bible.
Where Jesus is faithfully portrayed and proclaimed there will be division!  If we set ourselves to erase the division we ultimately diminish the Saviour!
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