Saturday, December 24, 2011

10 Days of Christmas Devotional - Jesus is Radically Divisive

Matthew 2:3 says, When Herod the king heard this he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

Herod heard the news of the birth of a "king" and shook in his boots.  So did the religious establishment.  We tend to want to put Jesus in a box, to control Him, to make Him nice, and safe, and passive.  This is the guy who dumped tables over in the Temple and who said in Matthew 10:34, "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword."  Jesus knew the Gospel would divide this world. It is as true today as it has always been. If you know Christ that is passive and safe and exists primarily to meet your needs and make you comfortable, you don't know the real Jesus.

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