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Follow Christ so you can suffer and be hated

Posted by on May 15, 2011 in discipleship | 12 comments

Follow Christ so you can suffer and be hated

So, the title of this post is not the evangelical message you normally hear. But, it’s definitely a part of the message that Jesus proclaimed.

He did not pull any punches. He did not offer a good life. He did not offer smooth sailing. He did not offer food, clothing, or housing.

What did he say that people would get if they followed him? Well, several things such as these:

In this world you will have trouble. (John 16:33 ESV)

And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. (Mark 13:13 ESV)

Nice picture, huh?

But, he also promised something else. He promised himself.

That’s the promise that we have to offer people.

If you sugar coat it and offer them something else, then you are not offering them Christ.

Offer them Christ… nothing more… nothing less. He’s enough.


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  1. 5-15-2011

    Not much material for refrigerator magnets or bumper stickers in this blog. ;) We have failed so many upon their entrance into the Kingdom. We’ve handed them a feather instead of a cross. So much effort has gone into making the message appealing to our generation. Jesus, unlike us, never sugar-coated the poisoned pill–as Bonhoeffer said, “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” Discipleship was never about loaves and fishes, but it is an intrepid journey down a radical path unto the laying down of one’s life.

  2. 5-15-2011

    John,

    Yeah, well, I’ve never been a big fan of magnets or bumper sticker or t-shirts or anything else with catchy slogans. Following Christ is not about have a catchy slogan, but, like you said, abut dying to self.

    -Alan

  3. 5-15-2011

    Alan,
    Matthew 10:16 comes to mind, “I’m sending you out as sheep among woves.” Have you seen sheep? They are nasty creatures. If I was a wolf I would be afraid. Sheep have great camoflague (spelling?) too! ;-)
    -Chris

  4. 5-15-2011

    Alan,

    So right!

    Just mentioned, on another blog, the pastors and evangelists who offer sugar coated pills to make their message sweeter.

    Did something stimulate your thoughts along this line?

  5. 5-15-2011

    Chris,

    I’m more concerned with sheep with sharp tongues. :)

    Aussie John,

    Yes. My thoughts were stimulated by reading the Gospels.

    -Alan

  6. 5-15-2011

    Hi Allen,

    When JC spoke this to the 12, I think He was saying because you have choosen to hang around with me, you are automatically judged as agreeing with every thing I say & do and will receive the same kind of treatment from this world systum.

    He told them this before the resurrection, after which time JC is now living in us. The world is & will continue to dish out the same kind of reaction to His pressense because it understands at least in part that He has introduced a new realty which is destroying the world’s control on people.

    IN CHRIST,
    David H. Lucas

  7. 5-15-2011

    David,

    I agree. So, if the world does not have the same kind of reaction to the church, does that mean that the believers are not demonstrating his presence?

    -Alan

  8. 5-15-2011

    Hi Allen,

    I think that what JC is telling us, is that the world systum does hate us and is doing everything in it’s power to distract us from His life within us. I know I get distracted all to often with accepting the world’s view about of who I am & then end up trying to live live out of my old self (dead) life. PHEW what a stink that is.

    I say all this this to answer your question, I think it Christ’s job to demonstrate His presence in me/us, anything less is my old self tring to look like Christ, what a joke!

    IN CHRIST,

    David H. Lucas

  9. 5-15-2011

    David,

    I think I understand what you’re saying, but I want to make sure. When Jesus told his followers that they would be hated, do you think he meant they personally would be hated, or only Christianity in general would be hated but not necessarily them personally? When he said that his followers would suffer, did he mean they personally would suffer, or that Christianity in general would suffer but not necessarily them personally?

    -Alan

  10. 5-15-2011

    Hi Allen,

    In the passages you quoted I beleive JC was talking to the 12 in particular & by application to all of us who would receive Him there after.

    (Joh 16:33) “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

    (Mar 13:13) “And you will be hated by all on account of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved.

    I think the main point of what He is saying is that the world system does hate Him then and in us now!!

    IN CHRIST,
    David H. Lucas

  11. 5-16-2011

    We have a “church” near us called World Overcomers Church and their motto is “Where all your dreams come true!” I don’t think we’re reading the same Bible.

  12. 5-16-2011

    David,

    In what ways does the world system hate us today? How is that hate demonstrated?

    Scott,

    Yes, that’s exactly what this post is about. Thanks for the example.

    -Alan