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Jesus -- the Guru #20

D. The Promise to Disciples


Read Matthew 10:26-33, 40-42.




26“So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.27What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny ? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.30And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.31So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.


32“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.33But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.


40“He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.41Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward.42And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”


Notes:


vv. 26, 28, 31 – Jesus tells His disciple “soldiers” to “not be afraid” as they face their struggles. This is a spiritual struggle. It is a struggle of the soul. Jesus calls His disciples to keep their soul and spirit right, at all costs. Nothing is worth the loss of one’s spiritual life and eternal destiny (v. 28).


What is the promise that Jesus gives? vv. 29-31 – You are loved and respected and valued by God Himself as a disciple of Jesus. vv. 32-33 – God knows the courage it takes to publicly follow Him. He will know you for all eternity. vv. 40-42 – God will bring people to support you


Do you sense this promise over your life as Jesus’ disciple? What does it mean to you?


Looking forward to your email today,


Yesudas


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