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.

Luke 9:
57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
 59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”
   But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
 61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

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.