Friday, January 18, 2008

"Follow Me"

Two of the most important words in all of Scripture.

Eugene Peterson: "When Jesus says 'Follow me,' and we follow, he rescues us from the ways that Herod used to depersonalize people so that he could use them to serve his ambition, reduce them to mere functions."

Dallas Willard: "I do not know of a denomination or local church in existence that has as its goal to teach its people to do everything Jesus said."

NT Wright: "The longer you look at Jesus, the more you will want to serve him in his world. That is, of course, if it's the real Jesus you're looking at. Plenty of people in the church and outside it have made up a 'Jesus' for themselves, and have found that this invented character makes few real demands on them. He makes them feel happy from time to time but doesn't challenge them, doesn't suggest that they get up and do something about the plight of the world. Which is, of course, what the real Jesus had an uncomfortable habit of doing."


Anonymous said...

Our culture has taught us that in order to be strong we have to lead instead of follow. The truth is that real strength is acquired when we follow Jesus.

Steve H said...

Thank you, Josh. The implications for this passage are staggering. Really, it calls into question most everything we think we know about Christianity.

Two other statements of Jesus that have haunted me over the last few months:

"You can do nothing apart from me."

"I will build my church."

What the heck have we been doing all this time?