THE WORDS OF JESUS THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them?, “A disciple is not above his Teacher”, Part 45

THE WORDS OF JESUS

Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional – Part 45

“A disciple is not above his teacher”

“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor is a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.

“So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” – The Words of Jesus, Matthew 10:24-31.

This is both a final warning of what is coming and what to expect as a disciple of Jesus, and a strong word of encouragement.

Jesus is saying, that as His disciple (servant) you should expect no less than what the Master (Jesus) experiences. So, if Jesus is maligned and called Beelzebul, His disciples can expect equal if not greater ill-treatment.

Jesus previously taught extensively on the personal cost of being His disciple (see Matthew chapter 5:10, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Verse 11. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Verse 12. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you).

Much of the postmodern teachings of what it means to become a Christian omit Jesus’ teachings and warnings of the cost of discipleship. The modern subliminal message of the Gospel is that once becoming a Christian, your life will take a decidedly profitable and comfortable upward turn in trajectory and outcome. This teaching is errant in that it omits the extremely difficult path between your time on earth and your ultimate home in heaven.

HOWEVER, HAVE NO FEAR

“So have no fear of them, those wolves whose nature is to act in opposition to God; those who will hand you over to the courts and flog you in their synagogues.

“For nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.”

Jesus is telling his disciples (then and now) they are not to cover up your relation to Him, but to say out loud and bravely the message that He has given you. Those who believe in the present life of Christ and in the reality of present communications from him cannot fail to see here both the true source of their messages as preachers and the necessity of faithfulness to those messages.

Secondly, Jesus is calling His disciples they are to reveal the evil that is hidden in men’s hearts, minds and their hidden evil deeds. These are the secret dealings of those who reside within the church – the things that are counter to the transparent Truth of the Gospel and life of Jesus.

There is a verse found in Jeremiah 12:5 which warns, “If you have raced with men on foot, and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace [where you feel secure], Then how will you do [among the lions] in the [flooded] thicket beside the Jordan?”  This is similar to Jesus’ warning, as if to say, ‘if you think it’s been hard dealing with those outside of the church (i.e., ‘the men on foot’), just wait until you have to deal with those who are hiding their evil ways who are within the church (i.e., ‘the horses’).

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Jesus is referring to the threats and actions that will be leveled against you when you reveal those things which are hidden so that they will be known. When Jesus says ‘do not fear’, He is using a Hebraism expressing avoidance, shrinking, cowardly. God warns that He ‘takes no pleasure in those (cowards) who shrink back’ (see Hebrews 10:8).

Jesus has clearly prepared of His disciples – including you and me – about our calling, our mission, our methodology and about what will be coming upon us. Next, He will teach us about His authority, our relationship with Him and the Father; and about the ‘bigger picture’ of His purpose.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

(If you have any questions or remarks, please contact me).

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