This Sunday we studied Matthew 10-12. I’m trying to summarize a comment made by someone at church:
It’s actually a pretty radical thing to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Think of Socrates and how he was put to death for having different ideas. Imagine the hate and ridicule which came from being a follower of Christ. He was not the Messiah the Jews were expecting to come and set them free and make political changes. He came to shake things up and make spiritual changes. He told His disciples that they would be hated of all men and persecuted and likely killed. That households would be divided because of His teachings. Not exactly a popular religion. Fortunately in our day it’s not as likely that we will have to die for following Jesus but it’s a life commitment and a pretty radical thing to do.
“And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.”- Matthew 10:38