Not Above the Master

Michael Beck

“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?” (Matthew 10:24,25)

Who, more than Jesus, was a victim of hate speech? Though God in the flesh, He was called the prince of devils. He came into the world He made but was unrecognized. He came to His own people but was unreceived. Despised and rejected of men; slandered and reviled; hated without a cause – He bore in His own body our venom and animosity.

The Father who sent Him did nothing to shield His Son from suffering. The law was already written: “Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.” (Exodus 22:28) But only in mockery was He deemed the King of the Jews. Recognized as God in the flesh? Far from it – “But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.” (Ps. 22:6) And to this humiliation, He willingly gave Himself without defensiveness, without retaliation: “I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.” (Isa. 50:6)

Those who follow in the footsteps of the Suffering Savior should not demand protective status against a world that does not know them or their Master. Where law exists, let it do its work. Where law is not kept, let the afflicted commit their souls into the hands of a Faithful Creator. Where law is made to punish the just, let the just know their Lord in the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death.

Saints of God: expect exclusion from protection. In the end, you will be deemed the oppressor, not one of the oppressed. Follow the Lamb.

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.