Luke 12:49-51 (MSG)
49-53 “I’ve come to start a fire on this earth—how I wish it were blazing right now! I’ve come to change everything, turn everything rightside up—how I long for it to be finished! Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I’ve come to disrupt and confront!
Matthew 6:2 (NIV)
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”
John 18:36 (NLT)
Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”
Romans 5:6 (ESV)
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Fire and service. Discontent and love. Hypocrites and recognition. Smooth and disruption. God isn’t real pleased with how the world is working right now – right now back to the beginning of time (pick when humans became humans, that time doesn’t matter, just that it happened). Christ came while we were weak and died for us. Dichotomy – a division or contrast between two things that are opposed or entirely different.
We get a glimpse of the dichotomy that the world is. We have what God set up and we have what we have executed. They aren’t the same – as a matter of fact, they are 180 degrees from each other.
We are prone to brag instead of humbly serving, even if we brag in small circles. We take servants and push them up on high (anyone hear of Mother Teresa?), we hoard our riches, we refuse to serve sacrificially, we get pompous and sanctimonious about our beliefs – whether Christian or not.
Any wonder why Christ came to disrupt and confront? There’s great comfort in that, as a parent interjecting in a child’s life to course correct, Christ came to correct our course, to give us a way home. Yes it’s disruptive, yet it’s necessary. We are on the wrong path and need to get centered again.
At the end, Christ shows us what sacrifice looks like. He shows us what our life should be about. He shows us the way home.
He shows us the dichotomy we need to deal with then He shows us how.