Be Ready for Divisiveness
(49) Fire spreads, consumes, bringing light to the world and fundamentally transforms all of creation. This fire is an allegory for his desire to spread trust and restoration to all the world.
(50) We all feel the pressures and demands from an imperfect life. The question is: will you let that pressure be your excuse from God or will this be your reason to seek to be submerged in grace.
(51-53) Yes, talking about Jesus can be divisive. However, think about how hurtful and negligent it is to deny your faith. When you do this, are you not avoiding your salvation and theirs?
(54-56) How weird is it that our discussions seem to always include the forecast yet seldom include Jesus. Isn’t one more important than the other?
49 “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
54 He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?