One commentary said He is the Great Divider! Luke wrote in 12:51” Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, but I tell you division! Those are the words of Jesus just to be clear. He came to bring division! But He didn’t come to bring division within His Kingdom; He came to bring division from his Kingdom. So you are either in or you are out of His Kingdom! Which one are you?
In John chapter seven we see small glimpse of this division which Jesus spoke about! In verse 40, therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” So there was a division among the people because of Him.
The Feast of the Tabernacles was now over and Jesus was done teaching and He was heading to the Mount of Olives and then the talking heads came out! Much like when the President of the United States gives a speech on TV. You can watch the President give the speech and know exactly what he said, but soon as he is done, the talking heads on TV try to tell you what the President really said. So the talking heads in Jerusalem were talking about Jesus.
The first group said Jesus was the prophet! They were on the right track, but they didn’t have the whole truth! They were talking about the prophet referred to in Deuteronomy 18:15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear. The first group saw Jesus as this prophet. They didn’t see Jesus as the Messiah; they didn’t see Jesus as God. They just saw Jesus as this prophet that was to come.
But it looks like this second group was spot on for they said Jesus was the Christ. They thought Jesus was the Anointed One, the Christ, and the Messiah! They listened to the teachings of Jesus; they heard what He said; they were convinced of His power and authority and said Jesus was the Messiah.
Then the third group, the nay-sayers, showed up and tried to destroy the work of Jesus. They were confused about Jesus! Like many talking heads, they just put their spin of the situation without knowing all the facts. Jesus was raised in Nazareth of Galilee and known as a Galilean for he spent much time there, but He was born in Bethlehem of Judea. This group was saying Jesus was a Galilean, but He really wasn’t! He was from Bethlehem. Also, they knew the Messiah was to be from the line of David and born in Bethlehem, but they had no idea that Jesus was from the line of David and born in Bethlehem. So the Bible says there was division among the people because of Him.
Jesus said He did not come to bring peace but division. It is not division within His Kingdom, but division from his Kingdom. The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Someday Jesus will divide the wheat from the tares. He will divide the wheat, those within His Kingdom from the tares, those outside of His Kingdom. Jesus is not just the Great Divider, He is the Ultimate Divider, and someday, He will divide and conquer one more time! Which side are you on?