Now this doesn’t sound like a Christmas message right? Whatever happened to peace on earth, good will to men? But Jesus is trying to teach us that while His coming brings us peace with God and the potential for peace on earth, it will produce violence and division...and in what way?
Families are split when someone becomes a Christian, why? Because this is an incredibly radical thing that takes over someone’s life completely! Your own family could experience more conflict because of your Christianity, and you need to be prepared for that!
Jesus is better than family. Period. He doesn’t say not to love, but not to love more...
We love the cross of Jesus, but we hate our own cross, but the self-denial needed for the life of discipleship flows out of the cross of Christ...it is unedited but always implemented!
And here my friends, is the gospel formula, this is the answer, when you surrender your life to Jesus, the good the bad and the ugly, and you lose yourself and hand control and all hope to him... then you find it all, eternal salvation, love, purpose, and everything you need daily!