The Last Supper & How Jesus Divides Family Members. A Short Story

January 7, 2013 — 1 Comment

This short story was based off Jesus’ words in this scripture: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn“‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ – Matthew 10:34-36

“How can you allow this man to use our upper room? How, father? Is is a blasphemer!”

“No, he is a good man!” Clopas said with insistence.

“Many are saying that he deceives the people,” his oldest son responded. “He breaks the Sabbath, he touches the unclean! He has no regard for the Law of Moses!”

“He doesn’t just touch the unclean, he heals them!” Clopas snapped back, trying his best not to raise his voice. “My son, many say that he is the Christ, the promised one!”

His son lowered his eyes to the floor. His frustration was bubbling over. “This man is not the Christ, for he has no love for the Torah and no respect for the elders and the teachers of the Law.”

“Has not the Law prophesied his coming?” Clopas reasoned. “I have seen him heal, I have heard him teach, I have listened to him–”

“You listen to him, but I am your own flesh and blood, and do you listen to me?” his son said abruptly. Standing to his feet he turned to face his father. Looking him square in the eyes he asked, “Do you listen to a stranger over your own flesh and blood? Will you listen to this man over your own son? Would you rather him in your house than I?”

Upstairs, where this man and his disciples were eating, they over heard a voice say: “I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me – one who is eating with me.”

Clopas’ son lifted his angry eyes back to meet his father. “Whose disciple are you father? Are you a disciple of this man? Why don’t you go upstairs and join them if you are!”

“Son, I am a follower of the Lord, just as you are! You know this.”

His son shook his head. “Father, the Lord himself gave us Moses to lead us, to look to, to follow! If you truly are for the Lord, then you must be a disciple of Moses, for we know for certainty God spoke to Moses, as for this man, we don’t even know where he comes from.”

“Has not Moses himself spoken to us with the words: ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him!’ If we are to truly listen to Moses, surly we should take these words into account. Tell me son, what do you believe? When the prophet comes, will you follow him as Moses instructed you? If this man Jesus is not the Christ, than tell me, when the Christ comes will he do more miracles that prove he is the Christ than this man?”

Again, a voice was heard from the upper room, saying: “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.”

Clopas’ son stepped forward, getting right in his father’s face, and said in a whisper, “What will happen to our people if we follow his teachings? We will become as ungodly as the pagans.”

Clopas looked in confusion at his first-born. “Why do you think that? He teaches only of God’s love and mercy. How can such teaching ruin our people?”

His son replied, “Because he teaches against our Law! When our teachers of the law seek to correct him, he humiliates them with his answers – to the delight of sinners no less! He speaks of God love, but where is his teaching of Gods judgement? Does he rightly condemn the sinners in this city? No he does not; in fact he does the opposite. He eats and drinks with them! He is a friend to the prostitutes and tax collectors! And what of our righteous law that sets us apart from every other godless nation? The elders say he is trying to abolish it! The Torah, our hope! Our life! No man who hates the Torah can be from God!”

Clopas replied in haste, “When have you heard him say that he hates the Torah? He teaches that he has come to fulfill the Law, not abolish it.”

Clopas’ son shook his head. “And how can this man possibly fulfill the Law?”

Clopas grabbed his son’s hand and looked him in his eyes, “Because the Law was given to lead us to God’s Christ, and I tell you son he is here! Has not all the Prophets declared his coming? Has not the prophet Jeremiah declared that when he comes, God will bring to fulfillment our covenant made at Sinai and establish a new covenant with his people? A covenant not based on our legal obligations but on his grace?”

Colpas held his son’s hand tight. His son continued shaking his head and grinding his teach in frustration. He wrestled his hand free and stood to his feet. “To follow this man is blasphemy. I wash my hands of this sin Father. Your precious ‘prince of peace’ has brought nothing but a sword into your own home and has set us against each other!”

Clopas watches as his son stormed out of the house. Upstairs, he heard the man say: “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
Short story by Mick Mooney
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  • http://twitter.com/natrobhe NatalieRobisonHejny

    I’ve always struggled with the scripture regarding Jesus coming with a sword, dividing family… Your story, your vision concerning this, has given me great peace. Again, it boils down to a personal choice. Clinging to definitions and ideas will cause great division. TRULY what we believe is key to the unfolding of our lives. Thank YOU!!