Discipleship 2 – Following Jesus

13C Discipleship 2 - Following JesusDiscipleship 2. Called to follow Jesus
Jesus sets his face resolutely towards Jerusalem (Luke 9:51)

The kingdom of God: We are called to follow
A time of Social unrest
• Violence by Roman soldiers
• High taxation
• Tensions within the Jewish community
• The Jewish people had returned from exile
God would become King
• There was only one God who was creator of all
• These were the whispers…
God at last was becoming King
Jesus preaching:
• Not be nice to each other
• Not future in heaven
• Not forgiveness for sins
But it was extraordinarily REVOLUTIONARY
• The long night of exile was coming to an end
• The great day of liberation was dawning
Jesus sets his face resolutely towards Jerusalem
There is Freedom to follow
Do not be afraid
• As St Paul tells us: “For freedom Christ has set you free…do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

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Recorded at St Paul’s, 7.30am (12 min)

Sunday 13, Year C. Luke 9:51-62; Galatians 5:1, 13-18

For more reading: Bishop Norman Thomas (NT / Tom) Wright, Who was Jesus (1992); Following Jesus (1994); Jesus and the Victory of God (1996); The Challenge of Jesus (1999); Simply Christian (2006); Simply Jesus (2011).

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