Jesus’s “Tough” Words

I meet with a good friend of mine every other week for breakfast to disciple him. We recently finished a book and now we’re talking about our observations from God’s Word. One day last week, he sent me a text about an observation from Eastridge’s daily reading plan. He noticed that in Luke 9, Jesus uses what appears to be some tough, harsh words toward his followers. One particular passage stands out:

57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”

But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good‑by to my family.”

62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:57-62 (NIV)

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