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Come, follow Jesus! (the real Jesus)
online edition of the book by David A. Reed
The Gospel in simple terms for nonbelievers and new believers.
How to become a follower of Jesus Christ, and live as Jesus commanded

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‘But my relatives won’t like it
if I follow Jesus!’

 


‘You don’t want to become some kind of religious nut, do you?’  ‘Why don’t you just stay in the church you were brought up in?  It was good enough for us and our parents, so it should be good enough for you!’  ‘Okay, choose between Jesus and us, your family!  You can’t have both.’  These are some of the things people hear from their relatives and loved ones when they choose to follow Jesus—the real Jesus of the Bible.  And Jesus knew ahead of time that it would be like that for many of his followers.  He said,

“‘Don't think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didn't come to send peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man's foes will be those of his own household.  He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me isn't worthy of me. He who doesn't take his cross and follow after me, isn't worthy of me.’” —Matthew 10:34-38


Jesus understood that his followers would face opposition from close relatives.

“Now great multitudes were going with him. He turned and said to them, ‘If anyone comes to me, and doesn’t disregard his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he can’t be my disciple.

“‘Whoever doesn’t bear his own cross, and come after me, can’t be my disciple.  . . .

“‘So therefore whoever of you who doesn’t renounce all that he has, he can’t be my disciple.’”         —Luke 14:25-33


But there is a reward ahead for those who face such personal loss for the sake of following Jesus.  He promised,

“‘Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive one hundred times, and will inherit eternal life.’” —Matthew 19:29


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