Sermons by “Rev. Joe Beran”

Christmas Peace and Christmas Conflict

Think of the lyrics to Joy to the World. “He rules the world with truth and grace and makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love.” What I’m trying to say is that the Bible tells us Jesus came at Christmas time to say that everything, every single inch of the universe is His. Everything. He owns it all. That’s a divisive claim. That’s a claim that causes conflict. In a real sense Jesus came to pick a fight. Maybe you’re wondering, “Well, didn’t he come to bring peace on earth?” Absolutely he did. But the way He brings peace on earth is different than we would expect. The way Jesus brings peace is the same way that surgeon would bring peace to a body with a tumor. He brings it through divisive incisions that cut to the core. He causes conflict to bring peace.

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