He said troubling things about family commitments and relationship to those who considered becoming his followers.
The love and obedience that Jesus calls for is given greater priority than our earthly obligations to family. Jesus asks that we evaluate to whom our allegiance is due. We must choose to go all the way to follow Jesus or else we have missed His point.
The history of persecution around the world has certainly proven the words of Jesus. There are countless stories of people who have been betrayed and even put to death for going against the beliefs of their family.
That being said, Jesus is not out to destroy families, cause followers to abandon responsibility or damage people. But He is saying something here that puts the pressure on His followers. What is this sword in His hand and why does it swing your way? What does it mean for your own family to become your enemies?
There are other places in Scripture that a sword is mentioned in reference to Jesus. In examining these passages, we can learn something about the sword Jesus’ possesses.