Observing the Scripture, I found it interesting that to begin Christ's life, the angels declared to the shepherds in a nearby field -
- “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” - Luke 2:14
- “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’" - Matthew 10:34-36
"The Sword" that the Lord mentions as bringing instead of peace is a two-purposed sword. The first purpose of the sword is a piercing of the Lord's Word into our hearts for the possible changing of them. The second purpose of the sword is to battle with His Word in circumstances of life, once you accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior. Again, Christ knew families would be divided over Him, but He also knew the reward - eternity with Him and eternal blessedness in Heaven.
There is a prophetic verse in Isaiah 9:6 that speaks about Christ's First and Second coming in one pass -
- "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Until the world sees the One True King and Prince of Peace seated upon the throne of this world, we must be His Peacemakers. I see this peaceful deliberation especially played out when we, as Christians, go to witness to unbelievers. One of my favorite passages in the Bible spells this out nicely -
- "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." - 1 Peter 3:15-16