From the Pastor


“Two Pictures of Discipleship”


In Luke’s gospel in Luke, chapter 23, Jesus is being crucified, and there are two men, one at his right and one at his left, just like the disciples asked to be placed. Remember when they asked him? “We want to be at your right and your left when you come in glory.” “You have no idea what you’re asking, because I will be crucified with thieves.”

One of them asks the most important question in the Bible. “Jesus, you’re the King. Will you remember me when you come into your kingdom?” Which question would you ask Jesus? “Jesus, can I reign with you forever?” or “Jesus, might I be crucified with you so that when your kingdom comes I will be with you?”

These are two pictures of discipleship. One uses the Lord Jesus Christ to pursue power, prestige, and honor. The other worships   Jesus Christ by embracing the cross and simply says, “Jesus, will you remember me when you come into your kingdom?” What does it mean to be a citizen of the kingdom of God? Kingdom citizens live in humble imitation of the Lord Jesus Christ by living cross-shaped lives.


Because of Christ,

Pastor Aaron