When Jesus came along, some said he was a prophet. He spoke the words of God and had disciples who served alongside. He foretold incredible things and performed miracles, just as the ancient prophets had done.
A few recognized that Jesus was the Messiah, but most thought of him as a great teacher and prophet sent by God. There were other teachers with disciples, but this rabbi was strangely unique. With an invitation to follow, he spoke of great risk.
His prophetic words would separate the devoted from the mere fans and wannabees.
With three conversations, Jesus reveals the demands of being in His good company. The romantic dreamers will be waylaid in the path of the Suffering Servant. It would serve us well to examine the words of Jesus here to understand the wartime commitment that is being called for.