He that loves father or mother more than Me….( Mathew 10: 37 ).
The design of these words, is not at all to lessen the due affection of children to their parents, or to detract from the respect and esteem, in which they ought to be had by them; Deuteronomy 5: 16 ” Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” It is the duty of children to love, honor, and obey them, who have been the means of bringing them into the world, and of bringing them up in it;
nor do any of the doctrines of Christ break in upon the ties and obligations of nature, or in the least set aside any of the duties of Natural Religion:
But the intent of this passage in Matthew 10: 37 ” He who loves and takes more pleasure in father or mother more than in Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves and takes more pleasure in son or daughter more than in Me is not worthy of Me; ” is to show that as Christ is infinitely above all creatures, He is to be loved above the nearest and dearest biological relations and friends; being God over all blessed forever, and also the Savior and Redeemer, which itself, makes him more amiable and lovely than a common biological parent – Luke 14: 26 ” If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother, in the sense of indifference to or relative disregard for them in comparison with the attitude toward God and likewise his wife and children and brothers and sisters – yes, and even his own life also – he cannot be My disciple. ”
However, that man therefore, that prefers father and mother to Christ and their instructions, and orders, to the truths and ordinances of Christ, to please them, breaks the commands of Christ, rejects His Gospel, and either denies Him, or does not confess Him . Our Lord & Savior says: ” Is not worthy of Me ” – For otherwise, no man, let him behave ever so well, is worthy of relation to Christ, and interest in Him; or of His Grace, Righteousness & justice, presence, Kingdom & Glory.
” And they said to one another, were not our hearts greatly moved and burning within us while He was talking with us on the road and as He opened and explained to us the sense of the Scriptures – Luke 24: 32. “