The High Cost of Discipleship

February 18, 2024 Download: Audio

Mark 8:27-38

Mark invites us to follow along with Jesus and a group of men that he had uniquely prepared and commissioned to go into the world and make disciples of all nations. But what is a disciple? What were they to be making? Discipleship was familiar to people living in the first century, particularly in Israel. Teachers who were influential would attract a following and many some would choose to follow as a disciple, which was someone who committed himself to the rigors of the teachers instructions. It wasn’t like going to school. You couldn’t approach it leisurely. You didn’t go home at night or decide to blow off a class if you had something more interesting to do or if you were simply too tired. To be a disciple of a rabbi was a sacrifice of other pursuits to follow the teacher. So first century listeners to Jesus would not have been surprised by the idea of a “cost” to being a disciple of Jesus.