The truth does not usually bring people together. It separates people. It creates enemies. Jesus didn’t learn truth like we might and pass it on to others. He didn’t teach truth as a concept to be learned by others. He learned and then taught that He WAS truth. How does truth create enemies??
Galatians 4:16-20- Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth? 17 They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out that you may make much of them. 18 It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you, 19 my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you! 20 I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
John 14:6- I am the way, the TRUTH and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Verse 16 just says “Have I become your enemy by telling you about Jesus?” Telling people about Jesus and living for Jesus can create enemies.
Matthew 10:34-39- “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Truth separates and so Jesus, as TRUTH, also separates. These verses are some of the most important in the Bible. Jesus is letting people know just how important he has to be in their lives and it must’ve been truly shocking. It still is.
Verse 37-Whoever loves anybody or anything more than me is not worthy of me? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!! Quick test…Do you love Jesus more than your kids? BE HONEST!! Do you love Jesus more than your spouse? DO YOU? Do I love Jesus more than my wife and family? COME ON!! LET’S NOT FOOL OURSELVES ANY LONGER!! And the biggest test for all of us. Do I love Jesus more than I love myself?
And these verses are not just a test to see where you’re at in your walk with Christ. This loving Christ more than anyone else, this putting him first in every way is not some goal to aspire to ONE DAY. It is a commandment for RIGHT NOW TODAY!! Is that where you are at right now?
Matthew 5:10-12(Jesus talking to you)-“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Worthy- Greek word is axios- Means undeserving. Unsuitable to be mine.
Jesus saying a person is unworthy of Him is hard teaching but we must listen to him. Let His hard teaching do it’s hard work in us.
And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me?
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it?