The Demands of Discipleship
These words of the Lord Jesus provide quite a contrast to what Jesus has previously said. If you will look at the previous verses you will notice that Jesus tells the familiar parable of the Great Supper. The purpose of this parable of the Great Supper was to invite all who would to come and to be saved. It is the parable that reminds us that whosoever will can come to the Lord Jesus Christ and they can receive salvation without price and without cost to them. Right after these words the Lord Jesus now gives these words where He says three times, ''You cannot be my disciple.''
Keep in mind in verse 25 that there were great multitudes following the Lord. This was the time of the great popularity of the Lord Jesus. His popularity was at the absolute zenith and great crowds were following Him. There was enthusiasm and the people were just caught up with the Lord Jesus. It was very popular at this particular time to be a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.
But Jesus, somehow, was not carried away with their enthusiasm. The Lord Jesus Christ is not carried away with the popular masses that were following Him. So, as the great masses followed Him He turned and said to them, ''If you are going to follow me, I want you to understand the terms of discipleship.''
When you study the Bible you will find that there is a beautiful balance of truth. You will find that the truths of the Bible balance one another. For instance, the Bible talks about faith and then it talks about works. You see that works must be balanced with faith and faith must be balanced with works. You find the Bible teaches repentance and it also teaches saving faith. If there is genuine repentance there will be faith. Where there is saving faith there is also repentance. So, the Lord Jesus is giving us now a balance between salvation which is the free gift of God and discipleship which is very, very costly.
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