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“A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master . . . If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household! So do not be afraid of them . . . Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father . . . So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Matthew 10:24-26a and 29-31
How excited the twelve apostles must have been! Each of them had been specifically chosen by Christ, their Teacher and Master, to be part of his special team of apostles, ones who would be sent out to share the message of Jesus. The excitement and joy was surely coursing through their bodies.
Then Jesus gave them some instructions, encouragement and warnings. Among those words are the ones we read. You see, Jesus knew what lay ahead of him. Yes, there was the joy of sharing the good news of what he would do to save people from their well-deserved curse of hell. But he, the Savior, would also be called Beelzebub—the prince of demons. He would be beaten, flogged and finally crucified. Life was not always fun and easy for Jesus.
The same was true for his twelve apostles. Church history tells us that all of them suffered a martyr’s death except John. Yet even John was exiled to an island. Life was not always fun and easy for the apostles of Jesus. If life was not easy for Jesus the Master Teacher, it wouldn’t always be easy for his student-servants.
The same is true for us, his student-servants of today. Some may think us fools for believing that faith in Jesus is the only way to heaven. Others may treat us with contempt for upholding the truth of his Word, the Bible. Some will call us cruel names for sharing what we believe. We may not sacrifice our lives, but we will sacrifice our time, money and more in service to him.
But he’s worth it despite any pains or problems that may result. Why? Because Jesus went to the cross and suffered for us. We are sinners who want a life of ease rather than service. We so often want to just sit in church rather than actually get out there and follow our Savior no matter what the sacrifice. But that’s why Jesus went to the cross, to pay the damning curse for such sinful thoughts, such sinful inactivity, and so much more.
In love Jesus, the Master Teacher, has called us to be his servants and students. He has given us gifts and talents to use in his service. He has blessed us with a saving message to share. He has promised us an eternal life of blessing and joy after the temporary troubles and trials of this life.
So don’t be afraid of what lies ahead. He died for you. You are worth so much more than a few sparrows. He will strengthen you, see you through it all, and bring to you heaven where we will join our Master, Teacher, and Savior for all eternity.
Dear Jesus, make us bold to follow you no matter the pain or the sacrifice. Amen.
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