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Eunuchs: What did Jesus say about Eunuchs

Jesus discusses eunuchs in Matthew 19:12, where He says, “For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it.”

Three main takeaways from this verse can be:

  1. Recognition of Different Life Circumstances: Jesus acknowledges the existence of people with different life situations, including those who are eunuchs by birth, by the actions of others, or by personal choice. This recognition highlights Jesus’ awareness and acceptance of the diversity among humans and their circumstances.
  2. Choice for the Kingdom of Heaven: The reference to those who “made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven” suggests a metaphorical interpretation, where it signifies individuals choosing to live lives of celibacy or renouncing certain worldly pleasures or relationships for spiritual reasons. It highlights the call to prioritize spiritual commitments over worldly ones when necessary.
  3. Invitation to Acceptance: The closing statement, “He who is able to accept this, let him accept it,” indicates that Jesus’ teachings on this and similar subjects may not be easily understood or accepted by everyone. It suggests that following Him and embracing the values of the kingdom of heaven requires openness and willingness to accept challenging teachings.


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