Jesus spent a lot of time teaching about what He wasn’t…
‘do not think I have come to abolish the Law…’
‘do not suppose I have come to bring peace to the earth.’
‘the son of man did not come to be served’
Why? Perhaps it’s because there is such a human tendency to create God in our image, to make Jesus who we want Him to be at a particular time. The truth is Jesus is not created by us, we are the creature and He is the Creator. And Jesus makes it very clear that He is at odds with the world. He did not come as a patch to fix a broken world, He came into a world that had rejected Him, depised and hated Him and everything He stood for. So Jesus makes it very very clear that His followers could not choose His side and also enjoy the things of the enemy.
Take a look at these four scriptures.
Luke 14 v 27
Luke 14 v 33
Mark 8 v 35
John 12 v 25
What does this tell us about being a disciple of Jesus?
What is Jesus saying in these passages?
What does this mean today for our lives?