The Danger of Following Jesus

danger aheadIt was Jesus’ idea for his disciples to take a trip with him to the other side of the lake. They got into the boat with him and set out for the opposite shore. Jesus promptly fell asleep. However, a terrible storm suddenly came down on the lake, and the disciples were in great danger (Luke 8:22-25).

Most of you know what happened next. The disciples woke Jesus up and voiced their fear of drowning. Jesus promptly calmed the storm and then questioned the faith of his followers.

We all know the moral of the story—Never fear when Jesus is with you, because he has the ultimate power to protect us. However, we might fail to notice that Jesus led the disciples into danger. Sometimes we get the idea that Jesus will keep us away from dangerous situations. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Peter, James, John, Paul and others would scoff at the thought that following Jesus keeps a person safe from danger. Hebrews 11 lists many men and women who suffered—and sometimes died—for their faith.

Following Jesus is not to be taken lightly. It can be a very dangerous undertaking.

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”—Matthew 10:34.

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