When Jesus told His disciples that they would face much opposition as they went out preach about the kingdom of God, they didn’t realize that much of that opposition would come from their own households.
Ask the children…
What did Jesus say He would bring rather than peace? Why?
“‘Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.’” (Matthew 10:34)
Jesus knew that the message of the kingdom is often divisive. Even in someone’s own family there would be disagreements about following Christ. Some would want to maintain their worldly beliefs and lifestyles and they would oppose those who chose to follow Jesus and the kingdom of heaven. The sword represented the battle between enemies.
Where would this opposition to the message of the kingdom come from?
“‘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.
36 Your enemies will be right in your own household!.’” (Matthew 10:35, 36)
It is one thing to be opposed by those you don’t really know, but it is entirely different to be enemies of your own family members. But that is what was in store for the disciples.
Ask your children how it feels when they fight with their brother or sister or parents? Ask them how they would feel if they were enemies because they believed in Jesus and their family member didn’t? Jesus wants us to know that walking after Him will not be easy and at times it will make us sad but that it is worth the battle. Pray and ask God for strength and joy to continue in the battle.
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