Just read this one through, and I’m struck by what David Pawson said about Luke, that it is the most loved of the gospels, but the least read (about 3 mins in). For example, I am very familiar with the story of Jesus healing the man’s son with a demon, but I’m not familiar with the Lucan version of the story: it’s great that Jesus heals him with such little ado. In other versions, the man is saying ‘Lord, I do believe, help my unbelief!’ which I think is more well known. But here we are told:
Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father.
This is all it took with Jesus – and yet he was concerned as he would not be with his disciples for much longer. Have we learned how to do what he did? He called the disciples ‘faithless and perverse’. We need to follow His steps.
I also enjoyed the repetition of the would-be disciples at the end of the chapter – it’s not just one person who has something else to do before they follow Jesus, but two: and it brings out the powerful words that you are not fit for the kingdom of God if you look back. Keep looking forward.
This is going up in our Boiler Room:
Then he said to them all, ‘If anyone desire to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.