The main Bible text we will be looking at is found in Luke 2. An old man Simeon speaks to Mary and Joseph. While the message was originally intended for Jesus' parents, message is intended for us too.

Here is the text: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

Through His radical claims and the amazing attractiveness of His life Jesus causes the division among the people. By the same token Jesus causes division within our hearts. So, the real peace of Jesus comes through struggle. This message of Christmas is easily overlooked but we are going to focus on it this Sabbath.

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