“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”
The Lord tells on the mountain.
“Love your enemies,” “Don’t worry for tomorrow,” “Ask, and it will be given” …He goes on encouraging people, most of whom are poor and heavy laden, standing or sitting around Him. His disciples locate themselves at the nearest to Him. They are possibly most glad to hear His words.
But the Lord gives not only sweet words. He began to tell, not all that worship Him could enter His Kingdom.
“Those who praise me only by words will enter the Kingdom: unless they really act following my Father’s will” He says.
“You might tell me, Oh My Lord, don’t you know I have told the future, beat the evil spirits, and made many miracles for your honor?, and I will declare you, I never know you, go away from me, for you never know the laws in heaven!”
Most audience laughed hearing this, because they had not done any future-telling or exorcism or any miracles. Only those who were qualified in the society could do such things.
And there were some of such authorized people in the audience: they had come for watching at Jesus’ behavior and His popularity. Hearing His strong criticism at them, their faces were distorted with anger.
The disciples got worried, for they found the enemies of their Lord heating up with anger.
“Oh my Lord, please don’t criticize them! They must kill you!”
The above story of mine is derived from the Bible study on Matthew’s Gospel 7:21-23.
“Why the Lord told with such strong words?” was the topic.
“It’s obvious, that He intended to raise anger of the Pharisees and the scribes,” said one of the attendees. “The Lord stimulated them for the crucification of His own. His declaration in these passages must be that of his step towards the cross”
“If so, it must be so decisive a declaration.”
“It must be.”
“On the other hand, the disciples must be bewildered.”
“They must be. Possibly it was them that was most shocked by His strong words.”
At this point, the disciples might have been only followers of the one, who they believed to be the King of this tiny area. It might have not be until their Lord’s painful death on the cross that their true devotion for evangelism would have begun.