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Doesn’t seem like a good disciple making strategy. It seems like Jesus is saying, “OK, you got what you need. Now go. It seems like he doesn’t care. But of course he cared. That’s why he healed people. He was concerned about them. That’s why he fed them. He loved them. That’s why he forgave sinners. He enjoyed their company. That’s why he hung out with them and ate and drank as well. That’s why he died on the cross.
With this person and many others, Jesus simply tells them to “go” rather than asking them to follow him. And Jesus said to him:
“Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way (Mark 10:52).
But following Jesus requires self-denial. When you follow, what do you get? You get Jesus. Through him you get the Holy Spirit. And of course, the Father too. Along with this you get the Kingdom.
Now, why would you want the Kingdom? The kingdom is the rule and reign of God. And in the kingdom, you get righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. You get connected with your creator. And, you’re adopted into the ultimate First Family, the family of God as you become a child of the King. Wow!
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