How do we reconcile the fact that Jesus said, “I did not come to bring peace” with the verse in that says that our awesome savior is going to be called the Prince of Peace? Is there a great contradiction in the Bible, or is there a great truth that lies just beneath the surface?
Seventy years have passed since Marceline Loridan-Ivens was liberated from Theresienstadt after nearly two years in the Nazi death camps. Yet her experience remains as raw as ever – which is part of the point of this searing, profoundly moving memoir, But You Did Not Come Back
Maybe that’s why Jesus said, “I did not come to bring peace.” In fact, He even finished that statement by saying that He came to bring a sword. Jesus understood that truth and love have the potential to bring out the best and the worst in people.
I am personally a fan of the all the Christmas songs as they sing in their angelic choir voices about peace on earth and good will toward men. I love the idea of living peacefully with everyone and singing kumbaya by the fire while roasting marshmallows. Here’s the deal though, Jesus wasn’t. He said “I did not come to bring peace.”
My strength did not come from lifting weights. My strength came from lifting myself up When I was knocked Down!
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