Verse of the Day Devotion: Matthew 10:34
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” – Matthew 10:34
Some people read this verse and are confused because throughout the scriptures Jesus is referred to as the Prince of Peace, one who brings peace. “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6. The angels declared this at His birth. “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:14. Note here that on earth, there will be peace among those who please God.
Now, Christ was not saying that the purpose of His coming was to produce discord and content. For He is called the Prince of Peace. What is meant is that it is one of the effects of His coming. Unfortunately, persecution would come. “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues;” Matthew 10:16-18. And then continuing this thought, “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.” Matthew 10:21-22.
Jesus did not come here to cause division but to bring salvation. The wickedness of men, not the teaching of Christ and the gospel, is the cause for all the hostility. It is the evil that exists in this world. We as Christians are to strive to bring peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9. We are called to bring peace to everyone. We are to do everything we can to prevent contention and strife. Paul put it like this. “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” Romans 12:18.
When He returns, and His kingdom has arrived, then we will be in perfect peace with no end to this peace, for all will be made right. “Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.
And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.” Revelation 22:1-5. We can live at peace here because Christ is always with us. However, eternal, unending, and perfect peace will happen when He comes to take us home.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.