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A Child and Citizen of the Kingdom YOU ARE by the Cross Alone!

Luke 14:25-27 New International Version (NIV)

The Cost of Being a Disciple 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

Tuesday - March 2

I have to admit that I misunderstood this passage for a long time. Jesus seems so extreme! Hate our family? In other places he talks very highly about loving our family, and ALL people. So, what is going on? Instead, think of the things that you “cling” to or “boast” in. The ancient Jews boasted in their families a lot. Why do you think there are so many genealogies in the Old Testament? Being an Israelite by birth was important. The tribe you belonged to was also important. The great king David came from the tribe of Judah, which is where the term “Jew” comes from. The tribe of Levi had a special role in the Temple. The temple priests were special descendants of a Levite named Aaron, the brother of Moses. Family gave status and importance. Jesus said you might as well “hate” it all and cling to his cross. The cross alone makes you a child and a citizen in the kingdom of God.

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