Grace Lutheran Church
Mat 10:24-33 NIV
"A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.
It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like 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. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden
that will not be made known.
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One
who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
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.
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in
But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
JESUS DESCRIBES THE SERVANT ATTITUDE
Dear fellow followers of Jesus,
In our world of living with those who have been entrusted with authority and
those who live under authority violent reactions can arise. If you are a teacher, you may
be accused of overstepping your authority, if your tell a student what to do.. If you are a
student you may be tempted to trump the authority of the teacher and tell your parents
that you have been mistreated. The same kind of upheaval can occur between
employers and employees as we have seen in our country in the last months.
Instructions which are given here in the text are part of the briefing Jesus gave to
the 12 before He sent them out to prepare the way for Him. There were “do‟s and
don‟ts”. Don‟t go among the gentiles. Don‟t go into the towns of the Samaritans. But do
go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Trust that your physical needs will be taken
care of. Be shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves. Watch out for people who
will hand you over to the civil authorities. Especially watch out for those who will
challenge you in the synagogues and perhaps cause you to be beaten you there.
Finally, Here in our text Jesus addresses the matter of the attitude the disciples
are to display as they go about their work.. The first element here is humility.. Listen. "A
student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for the
student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house
has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!
The disciples were not to go out and throw their weight around. They were not to
display an attitude to the “know-it-all.” They were not to project themselves as superior
to those to whom they were reaching out. In the congregation at Corinth, St. Paul had to
address those who put their thumbs under their suspenders and boasted that they were
Apollos men or Peter men, or Paul men. The party spirit was alive and well there.
Should I boast about my teachers? Should you boast about yours? Such things would
be to our shame.
Here we are specifically talking about how each of us goes about his life as a
disciple of Jesus. How do we represent him? Luther had the expression “little Christs”
What he meant was that we should be Christ-like in our attitude and conduct before
others. Scripture says that we should not think of ourselves more highly then we ought,
but we should pattern ourselves after Christ, who did not plaster his divine nature and
authority all over, but came and humbly served His heavenly Father and in so doing
served us all by His substitutionary life and sacrificial death and His resurrection. This
kind of attitude should also drive us – an attitude of wanting to serve others over
The world says that this is a good way to get run over, abused, and mistreated
and lose your shirt in the process. This is quite descriptive of Jesus, isn‟t it? So whom
do you want to represent in the life you have to live? Christ, or the Prince of this world?
Jesus instructs us to be humble.
This does on not mean that we are to be passive or tolerant in the face of wrong
or injustice. The second principle that Jesus sets forth in His instruction to his disciples
is boldness. The text says, If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how
much more the members of his household! 26 "So do not be afraid of them. There is
nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim
from the roofs.= 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.
Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 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. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don't be
afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.Our tendency is to run for cover when
we are being short at. That is an excellent reaction when it is bullets that are coming at
you, but in the battle for truth and the advancement of the gospel the Lord directs us to
stand bold. You do not have to be afraid because one with Christ is always a majority.
The angels who guard our ways are greater than any demons who oppose us. I am
reminded of (Elisha and his servant, 2 Kings 6:15ff)?.
What does this teach us? It teaches us to boldly speak the truth. If a person or
group of people are going to oppose the truth of God‟s Word, our Lord Jesus has shown
us the response we are to give. In the direct confrontations of the devil in the
wilderness, Jesus gave clear witness to the truth. Thus says the Lord, was His answer.
When Daniel was faced with the edict of the king to stop worshiping foreign gods;
Daniel boldly continued the worship of the Lord and the Lord rescued him from the
punishment that was meted out against him, When the believers of the early church
where faced with the challenge toj throw incense on the altar of Caesar or face
imprisonment, many of them chose martyrdom rather than deny their Lord..They were
bold witnesses for the truth that is Jesus, Lord and Savior. They were not afraid of those
who could and did kill the body, but could not touch the soul.
Many of you here this morning had to make a decision whether to stay with a
church body that allowed for teachings which were not biblical or practices that were
contrary to the teaching you learned from the Bible. You had to face the question of
whether you would leave the church of your youth. You chose to follow the scriptures -
Bold witnesses of the truth.
The devil will pit your conscience speaking to you from the Word against what he
shows you as practical for your own good. The decision then is between what is right
and what apparently seems to be in your best interests. To look out for yourself would
be commended by the world. To do what is right honors the name of your savior God.
Don‟t be afraid, Jesus tells you. Do what is right.
The question is this? To what degree does God look out for you? Does He only
take care of the big issues of your life and for the smaller ones you are on your own?
This is not the way it works at all. Jesus lays out the truth. He uses sparrows as His
example. Sparrows for most people are nuisance little birds, but for our Creator there is
no such thing as a nuisance bird. He looks after all of them. A nd you don‟t kill one with
your car on the highway outside of His providential knowledge. Don‟t be afraid. You are
of much greater value than many sparrows. Your value was established by Jesus on the
cross. You were a lost condemned creature deserving only of death and hell. But Christ
died for you when you were still in your sins and redeemed you presenting you to your
heavenly Father as pure and holy in His name and on the basis of his merits.
This is humbling, isn‟t it? It is also reason to be bold in our witness t o the Truth
of God‟s Word. Now Jesus underlines these two characteristics of the believer with the
virtue of sincerity..Listen to the Lord. 32 "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will
also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before
men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven How sincere are you in your
confession of Christ? How important is it to you to have been redeemed for eternal life?
Are you only a fair weather Christian and when things begin to go badly for you, you bail
out on „God? Fair or foul spiritual weather – in either case are you going to stick with
Jesus? I don‟t know about you, but I want Jesus as my advocate before the Father. I
want Jesus to walk with me every day. I want Jesus to be with me at my death bed.
All the reason for which people break off from Christ and His church – “The
pastor was insensitive in his dealing with me, or with my son; the church is an unfriendly
closed society; if the ladies can‟t be officers in the church I don‟t want to be a part of it; if
my cousin can‟t sing solos in our church, I don‟t want to be part of it. It should not make
any difference that she is a member of the Church of Christ. If my brother-in-law can‟t
take communion here with me, I can no longer be a member of such a judgmental
church. You perhaps have heard these and other reasons for people leaving the
Sincerity in what we confess as disciples of Jesus should be a constant. It is
never a matter of licking your finger to see which way the winds of practice are blowing.
Jesus tells us to consider one thing in this regard. If you want him to represent you
before the Father on Judgment Day, then it is imperative that we stand with Him now.
He assures us that for those who display sincerity in their life of discipleship, Jesus will
acknowledge you before His Father. The other alternative is that when Jesus is asked
about you, His answer will be, “I never knew you!”
So Jesus gives us three qualities which should be obvious in the life of His
soldiers in the church militant. Humility, boldness, and sincerity are to be standards of
our conduct. God give us the determination to live in this way. Amen