“Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.”
What is radical? It is very new and different from what is traditional, out of the norm. In other words a nonconformist to the cultural world.
Today we as Christians are more like the ancient Greeks. The ancient Greeks made up their gods. Almost every Christian has invented their own Jesus. The Greeks conform their gods to their own personal interests.
“Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My Name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:4-5).
Today almost every Christian has their own Christ. But who is the real Christ? The real Jesus is radical. How? Jesus, in His life, His example and His message is radical. And for being radical He was crucified. The Christians who are not radical are living their lives at ease, and comfortable.
In the reality of this sinful world. What is really pure, honest, and true. It doesn’t fit down here and it must be eradicated from the face the earth. For example Christ’s disciples, all were put to death except one. And the Christians that followed suffer severe persecution.
For us as Christian there is for “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). But the majority of Christians have a different Jesus. Who wants the Jesus that receives persecution because they live in the likeness of Christ’s moral image of God?
In Luke 9:56-60
“For the Son of Man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”
And to save them He had lose His life
Who is willing to that today?
Let us think and examine our Christian experiences.
Which is my Jesus? A Jesus preparing me to be crucified? The real Jesus or another one we made up.
“Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest.”
Normally when one wants to follow us and we make arrangements for them and help them, but Christ said:
“the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”
What kind response? Provoking that he may follow Him?
Christ invitation “Follow Me”
“Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.”
“Let the dead bury their dead”
Is this radical?
The real Jesus is radical and the false Jesus is comfortable, tranquil and leaves us where we are at. The fisher men continues to be a fisher men, and the publican continues to be a publican. The harlot continues to be harlot.
“Let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.”
“No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8).
The salvation lesson at the end of the sermon on the mount found in Matthew 7:24, 26,
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock….every one that heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand”.
Whosoever: Fisher men, publican, or a blind men, anyone.
The Christian of today with anything gets offended, becomes faint, frustrated and lose the faith.
Anyone that hears and does. Simple. Anyone that hears and does not. They have another Christ.
Christ didn’t have anything and wasn’t giving any thing either. How much Jesus have? House, lands, banks? Jesus wasn’t talking of concepts or ideas but about being who He is, the Life of the moral image of God.
Jesus while walking on the earth had two missions. The first to reveal the image [character] of God in man. The second to make disciples in order for Him to leave. So the disciples can do what He did fishers of men.
He accomplished it with 11 disciples.
And the 11 accepted the radical message of Jesus. And they left everything. Only those who by faith replicated the character of Jesus will accomplish Matthew 24:14 in this generation.
The real Jesus “made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant (Philippians 2:7). The followers of Christ will be serving as He served here on the earth. Christ had to wait here until the 11 disciples were ready. And at the end of Christ ministry the disciples all failed the final test.
What was their final test?
The Servant Test
The culture of those days the foot washing was left for not for the master of the house, but for the servant (the slave).
Arriving at the final scene at the Passover. The disciples were awaiting for the slave to arrive and washed their feet. Seeing Christ rise up to began to wash their feet. They were shocked and in disappointed even though Jesus was always been a Servant to them. And in this American culture we as Christians will be shocked with the same disappointment, if we don’t realize the radical act of service. We are always thinking of excuses all the time, it’s very probable we will won’t pass no test today. But how have we responded to the call? Like in the parable [in Luke 14:15-24], “I just bought some land, bought yoke of oxen, just got married” (school, house, family, etc). Christ has said to all “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Are we being fishers of men? Its time to make disciples who may be ready to go anywhere and with nothing to serve the world, saved to serve.
May GRACE much more abound