In this passage, Jesus speaks of the fire of the gospel that He came to cast upon the earth. It is a fire that once spread will bring peace between believers and God through the blood of the cross but it will bring division between the same believers and those who reject the gospel. Such division will even be seen within families. Jesus encourages His listeners to be attentive to the signs of the time and to see them as a warning to “get right with God” before their day “in court.” Of course the good news of the gospel is that every last penny of our debt of sin has been paid by Jesus Christ for those who have received Him by grace through faith.
This sermon is based on Luke 12:49-59.