Summary: Jesus calls us to Follow Him. Some followed Jesus for less than stellar reasons. Why do you follow Him?
Jesus’ Two (2) Word Message — “FOLLOW ME”
Key Verse: (John 6:38) For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
Left their Profession
Left their Parents--personal life
(Mat 12:50) For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Left their Priorities / purpose --in exchange for Christ’s
Left their Prosperity
Luke 3:23 “...And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age,...” (Just after His baptism)
“Cannot be my disciple”
(Luke 14:26) If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. (:27) And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (:33) So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
*not--cannot be saved
*not--cannot be forgiven
*not--cannot go to heaven
*not --cannot get answered prayers
“cannot be my disciple”
Define: disciple--a learner, pupil
Jesus called the twelve: Some the sessions for learning
*to send them forth by two’s --Mark 6:7-13;
*the feeding of 4,000 — Mark 8:1-9
*the disciples disputed who would be greatest in the kingdom--Mark 9:33-37
*the widow’s mite --Mark 12:41-44
*the disciples forbade infants to be brought to Jesus --Luke 18:15--17
WHY SOME FOLLOWED JESUS: (5 less than stellar reasons)
1) He made quite an exhibition / stir “Shew us a sign” or “We would see a sign”
Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
2) Others were following the rest: – “great multitudes”
Matthew 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 7 And he arose, and departed to his house. 8 But when the multitude saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
Matthew 13:13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
John 6:1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. 2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
3) What they might benefit from Him– a meal, a healing