To the natural eye it would seem the world is falling apart. Chaotic. Messy. Hopeless. But from the eyes of love we see a God prevailing valiantly. I see hope unfurling… Jesus growing a garden in the ashes… extracting dark from light… good from bad… dividing the treacherous from the treasures.
Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
Jesus is a mighty warrior. And He always will be.❤️
When Jesus sees evil… He comes to slice it. Slay it. Obliterate it.
Because He’s madly in love with us… and His plan is to cast away all the curses forever.
Sifting. Filtering. Bringing evil up to the surface so He can destroy it. Like a water filter separating the impurities from the H2O.
The closer we move towards Jesus coming back the more the world will polarize. Just as the Bible describes it would. It will break. Shake. As every person chooses whom they want to follow, and those decisions subsequently affect the earth. Jesus talks about that in Matthew 24 and many places throughout scripture.
Jesus only has peace for the ones who want Him. We experience this deep down in the soul from His Spirit in us. Jesus does not bring peace to anything that hosts evil. He brings a sword to strike it down.
Jesus makes no peace with the devil He comes to dismantle.
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”
1 John 3:8
Jesus does not overlook evil.
He came to die so that He could destroy it.
So He can save us from it.
Anything with evil substance cannot and will not exist in Jesus’ presence. Jesus cuts it all away from His holiness being there. His truth cuts. Refines. Filters. Cleanses. And it polarizes people. Revealing the true contents of the heart.
Jesus taught the discples this message in Matthew 10 when He was teaching, healing and performing miracles, because there was much resistance as Jesus came teaching truth.
Some did not want to hear what Jesus had to say.
But the disciples clung to His every word.
When I read this passage in Matthew about Jesus bringing a sword, I thought about Peter in the garden of Gethsemane when he grabs his own sword to cut off the centurion’s ear.
Don’t! Jesus exclaimed to Peter. “Those who live by the sword die by the sword.” He says in Matthew 26:54.
Then Jesus heals the centurions’ ear.
It seems like a contradiction.
Why did Jesus tell Peter not use his sword but then say He came to bring a sword? I wondered.
Anytime I read passages that seem to contradict, I study what Jesus is saying and talking about cohesively. We can’t isolate a verse without context, and this goes for any passage regardless of content. We must read the whole Bible and the purposes God utters, to understand what He means in each specific scenario. It’s all meant to complement. There is no contradiction in what Jesus teaches.
He is correct in both statements.
Jesus can bring a sword. But Peter cannot.
I asked God… why did you say You came to bring a sword if you told Peter that he was not allowed to live by the sword?
Jesus said… I am the only One who can bear the weight of a sword.
Only a holy being can use a sword and create anything good.
Jesus would go on to bear the weight of the world so that He could slay death on our behalf. We could not bear that burden. And we could not save ourselves by doing that in Jesus’ place. If Peter were to have stepped up and say I will die in your place Jesus… Jesus would have had to say No, Peter. You cannot bear that because you are not holy like Me.
Jesus is bringing a sword to the earth… His truth… and He will end up dying for it… because He ordained Himself to… so that He could destroy evil, lies and darkness forever.
Jesus slices evil away… and goodness outpours.
It’s not our role to slay evil, that’s God’s job.
That’s why God says “vengeance is mine, I will repay.” Jesus’ death is the only death that comes back to life. That’s why we need Jesus in us in order to have eternal life.
How do we slay evil?
We live by His Word.
As we live by the words God said in His Bible, seeking Jesus in love all the evil flees as a result. We are overcome with love and that overflows to our brothers and sisters. Living by the truth of His Word manifests outwardly like a sweet aroma. Healing and cleansing everything in its proximity.
God’s Word heals.
God’s Word cleanses.
God’s Word purifies.
“Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15
When you’re in love with Jesus you can’t help but to do what He says.
Your Word is like the sun
glowing in a galaxy unmatched
held by the Son that never fades
I see every path
You led me to take
embrace me in the arms
that envelop the seas
beneath Your wings
outstretch the planets
from the stars
who will forever sing
Lord, You shine
As I look at my life with the Lord and how I grow over the years, it’s only because I fall more in love with Him as time goes on… and I like to do what He says. I trust Him and I’ve seen Him in my life. It feels good to know Jesus and to be with Him and it connects me deeper with Him. And I grow closer to Him.
Love makes you loyal.
Love makes you surrendered.
Love makes you want to learn and grow and be committed to Him.
It’s because of love… and it transforms you in every way.
Jesus’ commandments are the words He gave us in the Bible. We grow more in gleaning from this over time and its keeps teaching and renewing. It’s alive and powerful. Love makes you crave the words He says because it means you get to connect more with Him.
“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
God’s Word is also called the “Sword of the Spirit” in Ephesians 6. It’s for saving… one used for seeing righteousness enacted… darkness eradicated and stripped away… life blossoming from the inside out.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
Jesus also lives by His Word.
When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert he did not surrender nor call a truce.
Jesus brought a sword: the words of God.
One day Jesus is coming back to obliterate Satan for good and He brings a sword… coming out of his own mouth.e
I love the parallelism here.
Jesus wages war with a sword because He is the Word of Life Himself, as John 1:1 tells us.
The Bible comes from the mouth of God. And Jesus is God in the flesh. In Revelation 19:15 John says that He sees Jesus coming back to the earth with a sword in his mouth. Symbolizing the truth that is on His lips and comes out of His mouth. Truth cuts. Divides. Slices. Destroys everything that is impure.
We cling to God’s Word as our source for every truth we need.
This isn’t just an idea or a virtue, it’s something I live by in my life and I see truer and truer with every passing day.
In a world where everyone wants to make their own methods for how to live and exist, we need truth more than ever. There is no truth where God is absent. He is the only source. I find His truth is satisfying and enriching. It leads me in the way to go and the moment-by-moment pathways of life.
This is why Jesus says that He has not come to bring peace but a sword.
There is no peace without the Word of God teaching what is true for us to live by.
Peace without God is an illusion not a reality. Don’t be deceived by anything that promises you peace but lacks Jesus and denies Him as King. Satan will come one day promising peace to the world and proclaiming his own self as God: the antichrist. But Jesus will come with a sword to strike him down and He will reign forever.
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” Romans 16:20
God is a God of peace. We read that in the Bible. He even says “blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God” in Matthew chapter 5, Jesus’ sermon on the mount. God has peace for all who choose Him. But He has no peace for anything that opposes Him.
Jesus does not come to make peace with the devil.
He comes to obliterate Him.
He comes to slice evil and extract dark from light.
He comes to curse the curses that have you cursed you.
He comes to demolish the restraints that restrained you.
He comes to destroy the strongholds that weighed you down.
He comes to extinguish the existence of every wickedness present.
So that He can rescue His beloved.
After telling the disciples that he has not come to bring peace, but a sword he expounds upon this and it’s subsequent affect in Matthew chapter 13.
Jesus alerts His disciples to the reality that His words (truth) will end up “dividing households.”
“For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.” Matthew 13:35-36
Because we have the choice… if we want this salvation from Jesus or not.
Not everyone wants truth nor desires to follow it.
It’s not that Jesus comes to stir conflict, it’s that conflict happens as a result of His holy presence invading sin. He as a holy God inevitably causes divison in a world where the inhabitants don’t yield to Him.
Humanity is comprised of an assortment of believers and non-believers.
When that substance of either belief or non-belief is provoked to rise to the surface it divides people. Jesus talks about this in Matthew chapter 13 in the parable of the wheat and the tares. “Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” Matthew 13:30
The wheat represents the ones who want Jesus… and every single person has the invitation to say yes to Him in love. ❤️
when You moved toward me
my heart didn’t know
the love that would flood
from Your eyes lighting mine
looking back at You now
all I want is Your touch
let me hear every word
for Your love is enough
Jesus wants to save everyone who will accept Him.
Jesus speaks what is true… and says, those who have an ear let him hear.
Jesus’ truth polarizes.
Allegiance to God separates you from those who don’t share that devotion.
The kingdom of heaven touching down on earth creates an explosion of sorts… where good and evil collide and those who want Him endure to the end and those who don’t fight for their independence away from God.
The world wants to make peace with the darkness.
It wants to excuse the debauchery for the cause of serenity. It wants to turn a blind eye to sin under the guise of harmony, so that all may do as they please apart from God. Jesus does not condone this. He never did. He came to obliterate these evil influences that plague us… not excuse them. So that we as the ones He loves can be free and live whole inside, more than any false promise of happiness could ever give.
Life with Jesus is incredibly wonderful and heart-fulfilling. And the truth is what sets us free.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Knowing truth protects you from deception.
It generates discernment. It gives you His eyes and ears. We know the truth by reading His Word and by knowing Him intimately in a love with relationship. That is how truth flourishes and a craving to know Him increases. It has to be from love… for that is what drives us to His heart. ❤️
Knowing truth will give you peace as a result of being connected to Jesus in love.
So we don’t have to avenge ourselves or fight back when things happen to us.
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:9
Jesus is the only One who can avenge death and Satan.
Because He is the only One who can do it purely and eradicate evil the right way. When people try to avenge themselves, it’s from an impure heart and causes more harm to themselves. God never has an impure heart. Jesus is also the only One more powerful than Satan and we need Him to destroy evil for us.
In Matthew 5:9 I also recall Jesus words in Matthew chapter 5 where He teaches, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” When you make peace with others, God will take care of the ones who come against you. Jesus seeks to destroy the devil but He longs to save His people whom He created. 1 Peter 3:9 says, “He is patient for your sakes, not wanting anyone to perish, but all to come to repentance.”
We can make peace with persecutors because of the promise Jesus made to eradicate the devil who is causing that persecution.
Adversity for the Jesus’ cause indicates anointing.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:10-12
Ethics are backwards in the world and people won’t always like you when you do the right thing because it may remind them they are not living to that same standard. Be kind anyways and keep doing the good Jesus led you to do. He will be with you and He will bless you for it.
Jesus won’t make peace with the devil and that means he will never turn a blind eye to your persecution.
God sees. He is aware. Entrust it to Him. And consider yourself blessed for you know you are following in Jesus’ footsteps.
If you find yourself being persecuted for doing the right thing you can be encouraged because you know that Jesus affirms you and approves of you.
He says you are blessed.
Jesus shows favor to the ones who are persecuted for righteouness.
“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
We always have peace on the inside, through Jesus.
Jesus says peace is something He is. And if you want Jesus, then you get peace. If you don’t want Jesus, then you do not get peace either. That’s why the devil gets no peace from Jesus. Because He hates Jesus.
If we want peace we find it in a love relationship with Jesus, not from seeking it of the world.
Jesus is close… come to Him today and let Him love you…
Come to Jesus and let Him take away all your sin and demolish any strongholds that are present in your life… He loves you and He will always be there to fight for you in any way you need. I’m so thankful for Jesus in m y life and He’s the only reason I find deliverance over any sin or tempation.
Elevation Worship has a song that’s so beautiful… it says “Are you hurting and broken within… overwhelmed by the weight of your sin… Jesus is calling… O come to… the altar… the Father’s heart is open wide… forgiveness was bought with… the precious blood of Jesus Christ.”
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 Paul writes this to the church after warning them about the last days and the great deception that will happen before Jesus returns. The Antichrist will come and declare Himself God and declare world peace, and then He will deceive everyone into a great anarchy and tribulation. He reminds them that peace is born of God, not from man. And that only God can gives true peace.
Jesus Christ is the creator of peace and it only comes from Him being King. And that will begin when the New Heavens and Earth begin. 😊
When Jesus comes back, that’s when peace will reign forever.
Because all evil will be obliterated forever… and the world we live in will be no more.
For a new world will invade. A world where Jesus Christ rules and His ways are pure. A world where people love and thrive, with joy that never ceases. It’s the epitome of perfection… a radiant bliss we can only conceive fully the day He comes back.
I can’t wait for that day… when Jesus splits open the clouds. And dismantles the works of the devil, to establish us as His people forever. Let Your kingdom comes, Jesus… ❤️ whisk us away in Your arms of affection and wonder… for Your courts are better than a thousand elsewhere.
my soul longs for the house of my King
the throne where His feet rest
majestic and gleaming
His city where angels ring
harmonic and beaming
holy holy holy
is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world
and I say be my love
You’re beautiful ❤️
“And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
Questions for Today:
- What is the only way evil is destroyed?
- Why does Jesus not call a truce with the devil?
- Where does true peace come from?
- What is the sword of the spirit?
- How can I get to know Jesus more? my Bible more?
- What next step is Jesus asking me to take in my relationship with Him today?