21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household! Matthew 10:21-25
These verses all go together. Jesus was pointing out that He would be persecuted, and that His disciples could expect persecution as well.
If the people would call Him nasty names, expect that they would be called nasty names as well.
Been there, done that in future tense.
This was a lot for the disciples to take in.
So, why was He telling them this?
It was all part of “counting the cost” that He talked about throughout His ministry on Earth. There would be a high cost for following Christ.
Was He giving them an opportunity to back out of being a disciple? Probably not, but He was merely letting them know He’s going to go through it, they’re going to go through it, and everything will be fine.
Similarly, we are coming upon a time when our faith will be tested as well.
It’ll be fine, just fine.
The Holy Spirit – the second person of the Trinity – will guide when the time comes.
There’s no greater guide and protector than God Himself.