Read Luke – Chapter 9
In chapter 9, Luke shows Jesus turning his focus toward Jerusalem. He began to prepare his followers for what was to come by telling them how he was to be rejected, killed and on the third day raised to life. Twice.
He talked about the cost of discipleship. Being a disciple meant following him, learning to live like he lived (often in opposition to their instincts, traditions, and culture), imitating his actions and putting his teaching into practice. It meant completely identifying with him, even to the point of following him to the cross. It still does.
Jesus made it clear, he wasn’t looking for fans — he was looking for true followers: people who understood his mission and were willing to carry it out, no matter what.
As you read through the chapter, where do you see evidence of the shift in Jesus’s focus? With the clear picture of the cost of following him that he painted, do you think you’re more of a fan or a true follower?
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