March 28th Lenten Devotion

Know Jesus No Peace?

John Dumke

Matthew 10:34-39

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 

What is happening here?  I thought Jesus was the Prince of Peace, the One of Love who came to save us not to condemn us! He was the promised savior!

Wasn’t Jesus going to bring people together not tear them a part?  I believed that his ethic of Love and Forgiveness would bring peace – not lead to destructive relationships.

What’s he up too? Perhaps, just perhaps, Jesus is messing with us, causing us to stop and think about what it means to live in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Jesus’ Way of living is very intentional and has consequences for us and our relationships.  This can cause disruptions in relationships when we strive to reset our priorities, our actions, our entire life to his way of life.

Jesus invites, no commands us to ask what our life is based upon.  Our family, our church/congregation, our political party, our pursuit of happiness, our hobbies, etc.

Perhaps Jesus is challenging us out of Love to live our life grounded in “the Jesus Way” so that we can live a full and meaningful life!

 

Teacher, savior, comforter, challenger, implant in the core of our being the willingness to struggle with your words that invite us to grow in our understanding of what it means to live into your Kingdom.  Amen

 John Dumke is the pastor of Our Saviors and Skogdalen Lutheran Parish in Westby Wisconsin.

 

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