The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (KJV)
This scripture is telling us that a student is not above their teacher (in this case Jesus). The student is in the position of learning, so the goal should not be to become smarter or better than the teacher but to become equal or “like” the teacher. The same applies to a servant, to become “like” his master.
Jesus never attempted to be better than the Father. When Jesus walked this earth, it was his job to show the people God’s ways, regardless of the cost to himself and it is now our purpose in life, to become “like” Jesus.
If the head of the household (Jesus) has been wrongly accused of being the enemy (satan), then it follows that the rest of Jesus’ household (Christians) will be accused as well.
Jesus tells us “Don’t be afraid”. We are not to be afraid to talk about and show Jesus at work in us. Because of their association with Jesus, the disciples were hated and attacked by many. When we lead a life that honours Jesus, there will always be people that will come against us, because we are his family.
Jesus said a second time – “Don’t be afraid” – Yes, our bodies can be hurt and/or killed by man but Jesus reminds us that no one can touch our soul, or place us in our eternal home, except God. If we are out proclaiming the Word, then we have nothing to fear from man because our eternal home is already set with God.
Jesus said that nothing can be hidden or concealed forever. This tells us that those who pretend to be his children and all of the unbelievers will be shown, at the judgement seat, what is really inside of them. They will suddenly see the truth as Jesus Christ is disclosed.
A third time Matthew writes, “Don’t be afraid”. Christians are given two examples here to show that God knows about us and looks after absolutely everything, whether we see him working or not.
- Sparrows are so tiny and are worth next to nothing and yet God feeds them, gives them homes and looks after them all year long.
- God knows exactly the number of hairs on our head, at any given time. How many hairs do we lose in a day? How many new ones have grown in? How often that amount changes and yet, God still knows the exact number, at all times!
Even though we are under Gods watchful eye, Christians are not free from times of hardship and persecution. We must learn to stand strong, as Jesus did, leaning on God for strength.
As we declare the name of Jesus, our confidence grows and we will feel his presence leading and guiding us. If we can truly stand for Jesus right now, on earth, then Jesus will stand for us before God in heaven, acknowledging that we are indeed, true children of God.
Jesus said to be “like” the teacher and to be “like” a servant to his master. Father I pray that I could live as Jesus did; in love and in faith, with peace and having a happy servants heart.
I know; that my job as a Christian, is to go boldly out into the world proclaiming that Jesus is the Saviour. Regardless of what may be happening all around me, please help me to stay strong in you with confidence, declaring boldly that Jesus is Lord and that the only way to salvation, is through Him.
The persecution this scripture speaks of has been going on for centuries and is now becoming worse with each passing day. Hatred of Christians is growing! Arguments, fighting, torturing and killings are becoming normal headlines.
The non-believers are coming out strong and in force now, putting fear into Christians. This is a time we knew was coming; a time when Christians everywhere will have to stand our ground.
Three times in this passage we are told “Do not be afraid”. So I pray for all of my brothers and sisters in Christ, and for myself; that when persecution strikes, we will not be afraid but be covered by the Armour of God and are able to go forward in boldness and in the name of Jesus Christ.
Help me (and all Christians) to speak out without fear. Your word says that although my body can be hurt or even killed, my soul and eternal destination (Heaven or hell) is in your hands Father, and only yours. Hallelujah!
One day soon every person ever born will have to stand in front of you God and be judged. I pray that I will be found worthy to spend eternity with you, in heaven and I pray that before the last day, many will give their hearts over to Jesus for salvation.
Right now, I pray for all of the unsaved. I pray that in this very moment, souls will feel your call. Eyes will open to see you, ears will be open to hear you, hearts will be opened to receive Jesus and faith in you is ignited! All for your glory!
In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray