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Swords and Crosses Matthew 10:24-39

Swords and Crosses

Jesus reminds us of the cost of discipleship.


Which image of Jesus do you prefer? The “Good Shepherd” Jesus, holding a little lamb, or the “Boxer” Jesus, standing in a ring wearing gloves? Most people recoil at the notion of a pugilistic Jesus, but what do we make of his words, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword” and “to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother”?



For material based on today’s epistle text, see “Fatal Fixation,” June 19, 2005.


On Reconciliation Sunday, the leader and facilitator of a workshop at a local Midwest church introduced a discussion by showing two images of Jesus.

The first was a painting by Stephen Sawyer, titled “Undefeated.” (NOTE: To see this image, go to “The Iconic Jesus,” January 1, 2006). He depicts Jesus as a boxer standing inside a boxing ring. In his corner, we find the word “Savior” printed on the...

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