“Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division” (v51). Jesus’ words seem harsh, especially because we know that He does bring peace (Luke 2:14; John 14:27). However, He offers the peace that comes not through avoiding our sins, or pretending we are fine, but through repenting and receiving forgiveness in Him. Whether or not we put our trust in Jesus is the great question that divides humanity.
When we become God’s children through faith in Jesus, we trade our restless anxieties for real peace: “Fear not, little flock, for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (v32).