February 8, 2023     12:28 pm
332. Week of Twentieth Sunday after Trinity - Tuesday
I have not come to send peace
          Do not think that I have come to send peace on earth; I have not come to send peace, but a sword.   Mathew 10:34
          Thus says the Lord Jesus. And it is a very strange saying of the Prince of Peace, who also, in the night preceding His death, said to His disciples: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you." (Is. 9:6; John 14:27) And we know for a certainty that He brought peace to us: peace with God, whom we had offended and provoked to wrath, peace with all the reconciled children of God, peace of heart and conscience. But this is a spiritual peace, a peace indissolubly connected with the truth of the Gospel and faith. Jesus did not come to send a carnal peace on earth, a peace that conflicts with the truth of the Gospel and faith. On the contrary, where the Gospel is preached in its purity, and where men truly believe, there sword and war loom forth - brought on by those who refuse to believe and accept the Gospel. And back of them stands the old Evil Foe. And, alas! this sword severs the most intimate ties. The unbelieving son is set at variance with his father and the daughter against her mother and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man's foes shall be those of his own household. And we must bear this. We dare not, for the sake of peace, deny our Saviour, nor His Gospel, nor any word of His Truth, nor the faith in Him and His Word. He says: "He that loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he that loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me." (Matt 10:35-37) My dear Christian, do not let such sword and discord shake your faith and become a stumbling-block to you. Stand firm! You nevertheless have the true peace.
          PRAYER: - My Lord and Saviour, I thank You for having merited the true peace for me. But when discord arises and war is waged against me because of Your Word and my faith in You, as once it did against You, then give me Your Holy Spirit, that my heart may not be troubled nor afraid, but that I may cheerfully and firmly cling to You. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
February 8, 2023     12:28 pm