If you missed the first post in this series, be sure to read it. It will provide more context around this series.
Jesus gives 6 very clear statements about being one of His followers or disciples. These are not requirements for salvation or forgiveness; rather they are conditions or evidences of being His disciple. The 1st Mark of Discipleship is Hate. Here is the second:
“And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27
Are you kidding me? First I have to Hate and then I have to carry a cross – Suffer? This ‘following Jesus’ thing sounds more like torture! Before we jump to conclusions about what we presume Jesus is requiring of us, we need to go back in time.
When Jesus said these words, it was BEFORE His own crucifixion. This was not understood by His audience as a foreshadow of His own death (even though it was). It was understood to be a reference to the Continue reading