Commentary on Matthew 10:34-39
King James Version
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Jesus came with a sword to divide the people. The sword divides those that are Jesus’s children and those that aren’t. Sometimes His children are intermingled within a worldly family. But a Christian brother and a worldly sister will soon be divided. The same holds true with a mother, father, aunt, uncle-it doesn’t matter the relationship. Family members will be set at “variance” with each other upon the return of Christ.
Jesus makes it very clear that, “a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”
This holds true today even before the second coming of Christ. True Christians who hold fast to their faith will encounter push back from the world. Christians will not be understood, they will be belittled and made fun of. In some areas of the world you will be executed and murdered for being a Christian.
But every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” (John 18:37). Those not of God are deaf, dumb and blind to the truth and therefore confused and frightened by it.
The Christian religion is an active religion. Thought and faith without works is dead. So daily the Christian lives his life honoring God the best way he knows how.
Following Christ isn’t conditional. It isn’t necessarily convenient or determined by feelings. Following Christ is a manifestation of our love for him. Our sentiments and reasonings come second to that love. We do because we want to do for Him.
“He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me”, simply because the love for Christ is not in that person.
Our love for Christ acts as a conduit that pours out onto all aspects of our lives. It primarily affects are relationships with other people. Our love for God pours out onto our love for other people. We are children of God and we want to love and protect other children of God as well.
Our life is not our own. It is Christs’. When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we gave up our life and our ways. We dedicated ourselves to him. Again, our acceptance and being with Christ isn’t conditional, based on convenience or determined by feelings. Accepting Christ is a covenant relationship that is sealed in blood. It is a loving relationship that can’t be broken.
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39).
Christ will return with a sword. Those unwilling to take up their cross and follow Christ are not worthy of Him. Christ is a calling that not all will accept and few will understand. The world hates what it doesn’t understand.
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)
Commentary on Matthew 10:34-39