Jesus said this in Luke 12. Does this mean that Jesus promotes religious wars and discrimination? Does this mean that we should hate those that do not share our same views about faith? No. It means that we are presented with a choice.
If a woman plans to be married, and two men show up asking for the woman’s hand in marriage, what should she do? In the name of peace should she marry both? No, instead she has to make a choice. Jesus asks us to do the same thing with him.
So, by grace, we are divided from the things that deny him.
We are divided from the idea that God is impersonal, that he is some kind of vague, universal energy or a big policeman in the sky. Instead we cling to a Father that embraces us in his loving arms.
We are separated from the notion that time heals all wounds. Instead we expose our wounds to be healed by the loving tenderness of the great physician, Jesus Christ.
We reject the lie that things can’t change for the better. Instead we are filled with the Spirit that renews and restores us.
We cast off the chains that keep us enslaved to the idols of sex, alcohol, drugs, money, materialism and power. Instead we are freed by God’s mercy.
We run from the enemy that says good conduct alone will get you into heaven. Instead, we understand that the blood of the Lamb of God has washed us clean.
Jesus is man. Christ is God.
Do you thirst? Do you hunger?
Decide to thirst and hunger no more.
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”