Luke 12:49-53. Today’s passage presents some of the harshest language we ever hear from the mouth of Jesus. Here Jesus says clearly that he has not come to bring peace, but to bring fire. The fire may refer to several things, but is clearly connected to the purifying purpose for which he was sent. The Gospel can be divisive; the key is in how we respond to that division.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) The Season of Advent is upon us, and the waiting has begun. We