Jesus told his disciples, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” What kind of sword does the Prince of Peace bring?
Jesus came to bring violence, to bring a sword. So what does that mean for us today? The question comes from a listener in Egypt. “Good morning, Pastor John. I’m a devout Christian who reads the Bible every day. I struggle with these words of Jesus: ‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword’ (Matthew 10:34). I’m wondering what Jesus meant, and what does it mean for Christians today?”