Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.
Why did the 'Prince of Peace' (Isaiah 9:6), indeed the 'Lamb of God' (John 1:29), come with a sword to start a war on planet earth?
Because the 'Father of lies' (John 8:44) had covered our downtrodden earth with 'Deep darkness' (Isaiah 60:2) long enough, because the peoples of the earth were trapped in 'Despondency and cruel bondage' (Exodus 6:9), because Satan had to be defeated and God's army had to be ignited.
The coming army had God's seed of faith within it; the first officers had a strong desire for righteousness, and Jesus is the embodiment of righteousness (see Romans 5:21).
'But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep' (Luke 9:32); not only was the army sleeping prior to Jesus' victory, but the Head of the Draft Department (God) had just begun His calls. 'No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him' (John 6:44).
How thankful are we to receive that call?
Because we 'Who have been called according to His purpose...He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son' (Romans 8:28-29).
Let's focus on this image of Jesus, the one where He is riding 'A white horse,' where 'With justice He judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns... He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood... Coming out of His mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations' (Revelation 19:11-15).
This is King Jesus, The Warrior.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Jesus, The Warrior series.