My definition of peace: calm that supercedes all things–atmosphere, circumstances, situations. It looks beyond the immediate to embrace with certainty and confidence a better state of being based on God’s promises to me. It is based on holding fast to God and not holding on to anything else. Everything else changes right before our eyes. Our wealth. Our job. Our health. Our home. Even our family. God is the only constant.
So what is the sword that Jesus Christ came to bring? In looking at the context of this chapter, my heart tells me that the sword was proclaiming the truth. This truth, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God in the flesh with the full authority of His heavenly Father, was going to rip apart the fabric of the Jewish culture. The disciples were sent only to the Israelites in this chapter. They were instructed not to go to any Gentiles. If not accepted they were told to leave, knock the dust off their feet, and move on. I am so very thankful this gift was extended to Gentiles as well!
It reminds me of the tearing of the curtain in the temple at the time of Christ’s crucifixion. It was torn from top to bottom, not bottom to top. The barrier between heaven and earth was ripped apart by the Father Himself when Jesus breathed His last breath.
So we have the choice. We can accept the truth or reject it. We can accept that Jesus was the Word of God in the flesh. He is the Son of God. He is the perfect Lamb of God slain for each and every one of us. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He died on a cross and rose again three days later conquering death for us.
If we can accept this truth, we are free. We are more than conquerors. We are victorious. We are redeemed from the sin of this world by His sword: the Truth. There and only there can we find peace.
Father, thank you for sending Your Truth to set us free.