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Jesus -- the Guru #21

E. The Decision

Read Matthew 10:34-41

34“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.35For I have come to turn “ ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— 36a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

37“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

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.


At first, one wonders why Jesus would say this. Then we recall that we are at war.

v. 34 – What is the peace that is not God’ pleasing? What is the “sword” that is necessary to fulfill His will?

What does “peace” mean in a situation of oppression or injustice or abuse? Should there be peace in a situation like that?

What is the “sword” that is necessary in a situation like that?

This is a battle against evil. Jesus’ disciples need courage and wisdom and authority. This is why Jesus promised to send His Spirit (see 10:19­, 20).

vv. 35-37 – This passage also surprises us at first. Jesus is trying to shock His disciples, to awake them to the possible dangers and struggles along the way.

Jesus is calling His disciples to a decision, to a focus, to a commitment. They will need it for the battle.

Jesus is asking, “What will you do, if……?”

Jesus hopes His disciples’ obedience to Him will not alienate them from their families, but it can happen. “What will you do then?” Jesus asks.

Can you think of a situation in your own life where following Jesus could make enemies for you right in your own family?

vv. 38-39 – This is a famous saying of Jesus, quoted in all four of the gospel books about His life.

The “cross” at Jesus’ time was the cruelest form of execution used by the Roman Empire. The person to be crucified would have to carry the crossbar to the site of crucifixion.

What is the “general” telling His “soldiers” here?: “If you follow Me, it may happen to you as it happened to Me.” Are you ready? It is a battle, and the struggles and risks are real.

What is the “life” that Jesus’ disciples will lose when following Him?

What is the “life” they will gain?

Are you ready to lose an ordinary life to gain an extraordinary life? What are the struggles and risks that you would face?

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