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November 26, 2014
They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. (Luke 21:12-19)
Jesus wanted to be clear about what it meant to follow Him. It was not going to be easy. There would be challenges along the way and many who would persecute the disciples of Jesus.
The salvation Jesus promised was not of this world. He was attempting to tell this eager new disciples, “It’s great that you are drawn to the hope of eternal salvation, but know that there is a price to pay. If you understand that and can withstand the challenges, follow Me.”
Do we endure hardships because of His name? Or do we avoid them?