Discuss the changes that occurred in these people’s lives after they met Jesus:
Luke 19:1-10 Zaccheus, chief among publicans, rich possibly through ill-gotten riches, looked on with disdain by the Jews because of his office and character, becomes Zaccheus the man who received Jesus joyfully into his home, heart, and life.
Luke 5:1-11 Simon Peter and Andrew, James and John, the flashing “sons of thunder’ rough and tough fishermen, become dedicated followers of Jesus.
John 8:1-11 Woman taken in adultery, facing threat of being stoned by scribes and Pharisees, is brought before Jesus who frees her from her accusers and from her sinful life.
Peace in the Unknown
Even though Christ’s enemies have nailed Him to a cruel cross He asks His Heavenly Father to forgive them.
Not Peace-a sword
There is no contradiction in this verse. Christ’s coming did bring division. The people who responded to Christ’s love and peace would be His devoted followers. Those who rejected His love and peace would hate and seek to destroy Him.
Christ’s bequest to His disciples was peace.
Legacy of Peace
God promises His peace to His Peace to His people, His saints, to those who walk according to this rule, to the brethren and to Israel that is near and the Gentiles who are far off. The warning in Psalm 85:8 is “let them not turn again to folly.”