Luke 12: What Do We Do with Jesus?
Jesus was a perfect human being while He was on earth, and you would think that it would be easy for us to get behind Him. You would think when faced with someone who was obviously good, we would recognize that good and honor Him for it. In Luke 12, Jesus Himself recognizes that this is not the case. He did not bring unity, but He brought division.
Luk 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
Luk 12:52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
Luk 12:53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Remember, Jesus was entirely good. Therefore, it is not as if some people can accurately say that He was evil and therefore reject Him. Many people do reject Jesus however as tragic as that is, but it is not a reflection of Him. It is actually a reflection of human discernment, and it is a reflection of our lack of awareness at times.
How many times have you or I misjudged the motives of another person? For example, maybe we were positive that our friend said something behind our back. We probably got really upset at the friend, but many times, our friends would not say those things about us. Because we are humans with a faulty sense of discernment and sometimes get our stories wrong, I think that it is not surprising at all that Jesus came with division.
Some people simply do not see Him for what He truly is. They do not see Him as the Savior of the world. They do not see Him as the third member of the Trinity. They do not see Him as the Word. There are millions who do see Him in that way, and there is where we have the division that Jesus speaks about. We’re divided over what we do with Jesus Christ, and it really is the most important question that we can ask. If Jesus was everything He said He was, then the consequences for following Him or not following Him are rather intense. Make the decision carefully.