Q: “For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.” Matthew 19:12
I had to look up what an eunuch was. This is kind of a random verse.
A: By itself it does appear a little strange, but Jesus is responding to the statement, “It is better not to marry.” He had just told the Pharisees how serious of a commitment marriage is, and they responded by saying, if it’s that serious then maybe it’s better not to marry. When he brings up the eunuchs, he is talking about being single and celibate. Since eunuchs lacked reproductive organs, they would remain celibate. Jesus says some were born like that (possibly he’s talking about birth defects), some were made that way (castration..for a number of reasons), and some choose to live like eunuchs, that is, some choose to live a life of celibacy for the kingdom of God. Jesus is, in essence, saying, if you have the gift of celibacy and are not tempted by sexual temptations, then it is a blessing to live like a eunuch. The apostle Paul lived like that. However, like Jesus said in verse 11, not everyone can accept that phrase that “it is better not to marry.” See 1 Cor 7 for more info!