From the Desk of Pastor Brian

“Transforming Discipleship”

In Luke 14:25-27 we read; “Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, 26 ‘Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.’”  The crowds followed Jesus like a “rock star” because they thought that doing so would change their lives, but little did they know of how much Jesus would transform them by giving them life beyond anything earthly. Jesus transforms us in ways which aren’t always understood or expected.    Jesus words in this text are challenging for us to hear because hate is seen as contrary to the values of Christianity, which is what I believe as well.  When Jesus says that in order to be a true follower one must “hate” (miseo) one’s family and life itself he is saying something synonymous with the idea of bearing one’s cross as current-day disciple.  Jesus seems to be addressing the attitude and commitment of those following him, as well as their motivation and reasons for doing so.  Yes, Jesus came to turn the world upside down, but it wasn’t as a “rock star” but as a savior beyond our comprehension.   Jesus seems to clarify with his followers that life as a faithful follower is a life focused on God’s grace and love. This means our relationships are changed and even challenged because of the ministry to which we are all called as disciples of the Risen Christ!

The Rev. Dr. Brian K. Oltman

Resurrection Lutheran Church – 1111 Fifth Street – Coronado, CA –