Summary: The sermon describes how being a disciple can cause division with the world, family, and priorities in ones life.
Jesus brings Division Luke 12:49-56
1. Being the Disciple of Jesus "Man it's all Good"
• I wake up every day I am blessed
• I can't wait to share the good news that is written in my heart that another heart might be blessed
• I once was crooked now I am straight
• I once was lost in my world but now I am found in God's world It is good
• I once was burdened with oldness now I am a new creature
• If I die I am blessed If I live I am blessed
2. Today's Text does not reveal being Disciple is all good, but may be a lot of Division
• Jesus says, "49"I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled.(Judgment)
• Jesus says, ! 50But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! (The suffering he was to endure)
• Jesus says, ! 51Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.
• Jesus says, "52From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other
• Jesus says, "Father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."
3. WE already have plenty of things that cause Division consider the following things that divide
• politics, nationalism, ethnicity, economic status, social standing, educational level, religion, denominations, cultural issues (such as gun control, abortion, immigration, same-sex marriage, you better read from KJV or it ain't the Bible etc
• Charles Spurgeon was a great preacher in the late 1800s. He preached to approximately 6,000 people every Sunday morning in London for almost 40 years. In 1886, while preaching at the massive Agricultural Hall in London, Spurgeon shouted this toward the end of his message:
• "To each one of you I say with deepest earnestness, let a division be made by your conscience. Let your understanding separate between him that feareth God and him that feareth Him not. Let each man question himself this morning: 'Am I on the Lord's side? Am I for Christ or for His enemies? Do I gather with Him, or do I scatter abroad?' 'Divide! Divide!' they say in the House of Commons. Let us say the same in this great congregation this day. Political divisions are but trifles compared with the all-important distinction or division which I would have you consider.
• "Divide as you will be divided, to the right or to the left, in the great day when Christ shall judge the world in righteousness. Divide as you will be divided when the bliss of heaven or the woes of hell shall be your everlasting portion. 'Choose you this day whom you will serve; as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.' 'Who is on the Lord's side?' says Moses. 'Come and follow Me.' 'How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God,' said Elijah, 'follow Him and serve Him; but if not, if Baal is God, follow him. But choose you this day.'"
Spurgeon understood the Gospel of Jesus Christ divides mankind!