Friday, August 20, 2010

Bringing Peace

It struck me as odd that we sang the song of the angels on Sunday morning: "Glory be to God on high, and peace on earth, goodwill to men...." And then Pastor reads the Gospel where Jesus says, "Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth?" (Luke 12)

Well, actually, that is sorta what it sounded like the angels said a few decades earlier. These paradoxes drive me nuts.

Interestingly, though, a few verses later (12:53) we see examples of the division which Jesus brings. And the very first one listed was "father will be divided against son, son against father."
Col 1:19-20 For it pleased the Father
that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself,
whether things in earth or things in heaven,
having made peace
through the blood of His cross.

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