from actual tape of sermon April 29, 1979 PM
SUPPOSE YE THAT I AM COME TO GIVE PEACE? Luke 12:51
It's a good thing that Jesus answered this question for us - at least as far as I'm con-
cerned because if I had been asked this question, I would have missed it. In fact I would
have gone the exact opposite way. Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on the earth?
I would have answered, "Yes, sir - right on! I agree. Definitely. That's why you came."
And then I would have had some proof texts, some biblical, scriptural words to give credence
and validity to my answer. Do you think that I came to the world to give peace? - Jesus
asked. "Why absolutely - your birth was announced - peace, good will on earth. You are
named the Prince of Peace. How many times Master, in your teaching and healing ministry,
after you had encountered a life you would touch that person, you would point to a dis-
tant shore, you would point in another direction and you would say - go in peace."
When you have time, check that in your concordance. You find on the lips of the Master
over and over again - and then finally His last words of instruction - He said, "My peace
I leave with you - peace I give unto you but MY peace I leave - I bequeath - I leave behind
me - it is yours."
So the question - suppose ye that I am come to bring peace on earth? YES. But Jesus
answered negatively. He says emphatically, "NO. I have not come to bring peace."
Iii fact, Matthew-takes th4.s a-,-.d uFeF, arother word. He says, "I have come- not with peace
but with a sword." Our scripture talks about Jesus coming as a disturber. I think that
is a criminal charge, is it not? You distrub the peace.
I remember when I was a boy. Our next door neighbor - we lived just jam up to some folks
on both sides and across the street and behind us. Our next door neighbor ...
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