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Text: Luke 9:57-62
Jesus Sent out The Twelve
Jesus had just sent out the “apostles” without rod, or bag, or bread, or silver, or change of clothes. Yet, they lacked nothing (See Luke 22:35 )
Story of Apprenticeship
“Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied…
The first (vv. 57, 58) was eager to follow the Lord, but it seems that homelessness was too great an obstacle to him
Jesus said to him, “Come, follow me.” The man agreed, but…
The second (vv. 59, 60) wanted first to bury his father. It may be that the man was gravely ill, and required him to stay longer, or that his father was already dead—yet even a day’s delay was too long for our Lord. The man was to begin at that instant to ‘preach the kingdom of God’.
“Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.”
The last (vv. 61, 62) wanted to bid his family ‘goodbye’. When Elisha had asked for this long before, the request was granted (1 Kings 19:20). Yet here the Son of God wanted to teach the extreme importance of his message; it was more urgent even than Elijah’s, and he could not wait. Eternity depended on it, and hesitation disqualified people from true service. Such a person was like a man driving a plough and not looking where he was going and beginning to plough uneven furrows.
Are we more committed to our relatives than to Christ?
In sharing the good news of Jesus today, do we sufficiently stress the hardships of following Christ?