When Jesus preached ….
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. (Matthew 10:34)
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Jesus was calling for decision making…
Jesus was addressing our commitment to Him..
When happened in the days of the Gospel, the attentions, the masses gathered to hear Him speak, and the high profile reactions to Jesus’ messages … people were divided in opinions.
In fact, such differences were so sharp and furious; the Jews who rejected Jesus had to resort to “excommunication” against those who stood with Jesus.
Is there a way to simplify the differences?
Between spiritual and natural
Between material wealth and heavenly wealth
Between now and the eternal
Jesus preached repentance so that we may enter the kingdom of God.
Jesus said to follow Him so that we may walk towards eternal life.
It was obvious; those who were against Jesus were in fact against “repentance” and “following the ways of Jesus”.
In the records of Acts, as according the confession of Paul, the wide spread persecutions which started after Stephen was martyred were targeted against the teachings of Jesus –
I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, (Acts 22:4)
Paul had his furious opposition against the teachings of Jesus until he met Jesus in person!
Of course Paul did the right thing and switched camp!
Paul became one an awesome preacher in the days of Acts, because he was very committed to Jesus and he love the Lord even till death.
So, the words and teachings of Jesus is calling for decision making and addressing our commitment to Him..
Our best decision and commitment is of course being firm and committed to our blood covenant relationship with Jesus.
Stand firm on our faith in Jesus.
Stand firm in our will and mind to love Jesus and obey Jesus.
As the day draws nearer and nearer to Jesus’ returns, we will be faced with even more distractions and diversions.
Distractions and diversion which draws our attention away from Jesus..
Distractions and diversion which make us love Jesus lesser..
Eventually the worst distractions and diversion to come … apostasy …
Therefore I believe among the most important things Jesus said after His resurrection and before His ascension …
..and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:20)
We need to be vigilant in our commitment to Jesus
We need to consistently and constantly teach ourselves and observe the ways of Jesus.