Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
The book called Luke in the Bible, was written by a Gentile believer named Luke, who was a close associate of the Apostle Paul. He set out to carefully investigate the truth concerning Jesus Christ, using the eyewitness accounts of those who were with and knew Jesus and His ministry. His intent in writing this Gospel was so that his readers would know the truth regarding Jesus and what they have been taught concerning Him. It is our hope in studying this Gospel, that we too would better understand the truth concerning Jesus, so that we may better know Him and make Him known to others.
The Scripture passage for this Sunday deals with the cost of discipleship, and Jesus makes it clear who cannot be His disciples:
“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.” (Luke 14:26,27,33)
The word disciple simply means “learner” or “follower.” A disciple is someone who is a student, so to be a disciple of Jesus means to come under His instruction and to follow Him; His ways and His example. Do you consider Jesus to be your Teacher in life? If so, do you trust Him, and heed what He says? Jesus, being God, knows all, and will lovingly and patiently teach those who humbly choose to follow Him. However, He warns us that being His disciple and following Him are a serious matter. Thus, He exhorts us to carefully calculate or consider what will be required to follow Him (to the end), and then in faith to put aside all else to pursue Him. If we truly understood that all that we have was provided by God in the first place, then there is no safer and secure place to be than to follow Jesus, the Son of God. There is no better Teacher in life, and in teaching us regarding life. What comfort and peace He can bring us!