By: C.A. Teunis
Jesus brings division
Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.
For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’ and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household’.
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Matt. 10: 34-39
Then He said to another, “Follow Me.”
But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
Jesus Says: “Follow Me!”
Many people answer: “Yes, I would like to, but I also like to do this or that”.
Jesus brings clarity and clears up any possibility of an incorrect understanding of His message.
Jesus says that He has not come to bring peace, but a sword.
This is a judgment: friction and persecution that will ensue the preaching of the gospel.
This comes about because of the actions of those that reject the pure gospel or modify it to their own insights. They will, in fact, hate believers and will be hostile and persecute.
Within the family circle, friends, acquaintances, and office-bearers there is often a close bond. Following Jesus will, even within the closest relations, bring separation (Micha 7:6, Luke 14:26).
This will also happen within the Church. This can have as consequence, that they will put you out of the synagogue and think they have done God a service (John 16:2).
Jesus Christ Brings Peace
Christ brings the joyful message of forgiveness of sins and eternal life. He has not come to bring false peace. For He is the Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6). His gospel is a gospel of peace (Eph. 6:15).
The peace which Christ brings is the gift of being a part of His body. A great gift from God.
Peace with God excludes any other peace.
Christ Demands Us Completely
Whoever desires to follow Jesus, must so be drawn by Him, that this Savior is everything to him so that he will put aside everything else.
Many people think that Jesus comes next to other things. They busy themselves in their daily lives with all sort of things outside of Jesus.
However, the Lord says that the Kingdom of God does not demand a part of an individual, but the entire individual. Not 99 % of someone, but the entire person, 100%.
The Lord says that we must follow Him unconditionally.
That we, without any reservations, must surrender to Him.
That we do not, such as the man in the Gospels, place a condition on the following of Christ that we wait until our sick father has passed away, or, after the death of a father to first complete all funeral arrangements.
An Attempt to Retain Your Life in Your Own Strength Brings Loss of Your Life
All those who find earthly bonds more important than the bond with Jesus indeed show that they do not have the appropriate appreciation for his Savior from sin.
The coming of Jesus is tied with the Father and eternal salvation. And anyone who is unwilling to accept ridicule, contempt, and suffering for the sake of Jesus is not worthy of Him.
For anyone who seeks to preserve his own life by denying the Name of Jesus, he will lose real life- namely the life in eternal completeness.
Jesus has warned us for this, so that we do not stumble (John 16:1).
Completely Following Jesus Brings Eternal Life
Everyone who for the sake of Jesus does want to give up his life, will receive the full, perfect life in eternity.
The love for Jesus is the unconditional desire to submit completely to his or her Savior, the Savior of the world.
Jesus says that we are not allowed to place the two, following Him and all sorts of other duties, on one line.
Christ Jesus desires to be everything for us, He has shown this. Follow Him, unconditionally.