This short section of Luke shows the cost of discipleship to the disciple. It may involve being divided from people you love; those who love you. You belong to a different world; you are a citizen of another Kingdom, essentially speaking another tongue. If people who know you well now turn against you, or at least think you (and possibly treat you) a little strange, you should not be surprised. You have been born again from above. You are a new creation. You are not the same person you once were. Jesus sounded a clear warning in these words. It’s not that He intentionally splits people up, but the cleavage is an inevitable result of differing responses to Jesus. In the worst case scenarios the division may entail family members cutting off their relatives, betraying them to malignant authorities, and even killing them ( Matthew 10:21). I once heard that in certain cultures, when a person is converted their familly will carry out their funeral, because as far as they are concerned that individual is now dead. So if you ever feel estranged from your unbelieving relatives, don’t be surprised.
So the cost of discipleship to the disciple is an obvious theme here. But do you ever consider what it has to say about the cost of discipleship to the Master Himself? (50). At Easter we tend to focus on the pain of Jesus ON the cross. But what about His agony BEFORE the cross, as He approached it? He was to be totally immersed in unimaginable suffering, and throughout the years of His ministry that knowledge hung over Him.
‘We may not know, we cannot tell, what pains He had to bear. But we believe it was for us, He hung and suffered there.
It cost Jesus to make our discipleship possible; it will cost us to be His disciples. There is no genuine Christian experience without a high price tag. You can’t have discipleship on the cheap.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you were not understood by your own family. Thank you that you understand the grief I feel over this sense of misunderstanding and estrangement. I also take encouragement to see how your brothers later on turned to you. Thank you Lord. Bless my relatives, and may they too have a revelation of the risen Christ.