Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace on Earth?
Matthew 10:34-39 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it."
Jesus was speaking to His disciples just before He was sending them out to the lost sheep of Israel, however, Luke 21 also confirms this to be the case in the end times and upholds that people will even be delivered by their parents in the day to come, just before His return.
Jesus didn’t come to bring peace to the earth, because peace is only found through Him and Him alone. Outside of Him there will be no peace until He returns to bring peace to the earth for 1000 years until Satan is then released again for a short time, according to Revelation.
The truth causes division and the context of this passage is that the peace He brings is not the peace that people seek, because they reject Him who is peace.
In fact, the Bible says when they are saying, “peace and safety,’ sudden destruction will come upon them, this is because they rejected Him and were seeking a false peace (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
We know this is relevant today because the Bible says that in the end days when you read Luke 21:16, it says, ‘But ye shall be delivered up even by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolk, and friends; and [some] of you shall they cause to be put to death’, and this is spoken in the context of His second coming. So this Word is relevant for today and in the future. We see specifically His protection in verse 17, but we are not protected from persecution. Then eventually, according to Revelation 13:7, there will come a time where the saints will become overcome by the Antichrist.
What we know to be true today, and what Jesus is telling us in the verse I put above as well as Luke 21, is that people will hate us because of Him. This is the division that truth causes.
This message is still relevant today because as we read in the many Scriptures regarding end days, nothing is new under the sun. People still reject Him and the Word is the sword that brings division between those who believe, and those who reject. However, that sword is not the enemy, it’s the Word of God which brings hope.
— By Judah Ayling