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Jesus -- the Guru #19

The Struggle Disciples Face

People will misunderstand the disciples’ motives and goals, just as they did with Jesus. Oppressive and abusive powers will not want to change their ways. They will fight against the spread of God’s rule of love and justice. They will not want people to gain new self-respect and empowerment and hope. The people’s development, they fear, will bring a revolution, and the powerful will be brought down. The opposition may be fierce and come from surprising places.

Read Matthew 10:17-25

17“Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues.18On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.19But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,20for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

21“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.22All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.23When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

24“A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.25It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!


vv. 17-20 – Jesus’ disciples can expect opposition from the government Have you seen instances where government has opposed the call of Jesus?

vv. 21-23 – The disciples can expect opposition from family members.

Have you seen instances where one’s family members have opposed the call of Jesus?

The disciples can expect opposition from society. Have you seen instances where social pressure has been brought on someone who wanted to follow the call of Jesus?

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