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Following Jesus in Love
Bible Passage Luke 9: 51-62
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book Luke.

Following Jesus in Love

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 7, 2022

51 When the days grew closer for Jesus to be taken up to heaven, he was determined to continue his journey to Jerusalem.

52 So he sent messengers on ahead of him. On their way, they went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him.

53 But the people would not welcome him, because he was determined to go to Jerusalem.

54 When his disciples James and John observed this rejection, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”

55 But he turned and rebuked them,

56 and they all went on to another village.

57 While they were walking along the road, a man told him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58 Jesus told him, “Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to rest.”

59 He told another man, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

60 But he told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead. But you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

61 Still another man said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to those at home.”

62 Jesus told him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

The Jews and the Samaritans had been enemies for centuries. The Samaritans would not want the Jews to pass through their territory on the way to Jerusalem. Jesus wanted to be friendly with them but they did not want His friendship (51-53).

In return, James and John wanted God to destroy the Samaritans. Their request showed that they still knew little of the immeasurable love that Jesus had for rebellious sinners (54-56).

Three men came to Jesus saying they wanted to be disciples, but they did not realize the sacrifices they would have to make in following Jesus. They did not count the cost well.

The first man was told to think seriously about his professed intentions because following Jesus would bring with it physical hardship and discomfort (57-58).

The second was warned that responsibilities towards Jesus must come before ordinary worldly responsibilities. The spiritually dead, whose interests are only in this life, can look after the everyday matters of life; the disciples of Jesus have to attend to the more important business of the kingdom of God (59-60).

The third man was warned that Jesus’ disciples must give themselves to Him completely. There is no place for those whose real interests are elsewhere (61-62).

🔷 Jesus is a friend to even the worse sinners

🔷 We need not pay back those who turn us down or become wicked to us. God, Himself will manage them on our behalf.

🔷 Following Christ comes with pain and discomfort first, before the crown follows later

🔷 Our first interest and the most important business to attend is God’s work. Nothing should come before it


💥 Pray for those who hate you and reject you
💥 Ask that you can follow God faithfully without looking back

Those who follow Christ must do so indiscriminately, to show love to all to be able to bring them to Christ. Following Christ means leaving all behind to suffer with Him for the crown in the end.

In series Bright Morning Reflections