Matthew 20:29-34
As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Jesus. Two blind men were sitting by the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd told them to be quiet. But they shouted even louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. They told him, “Lord, we want you to give us our eyesight back.” Jesus felt sorry for them, so he touched their eyes. Their sight was restored at once, and they followed him.

This section begins with a crowd following Jesus and ends with two more followers. Jesus had hundreds, maybe thousands*, of followers. Among those followers there were many disciples**, and then there were the twelve apostles.

There are so meant ways to discribe these people and their relationship to Jesus.

  • The difination of follower: an adherent or devotee of a particular person, cause, or activity.
  • The difination of disciple: a personal follower of Jesus.
  • The difination of apostle: any important Christian teacher, a successful Christian missionary in a country or to a people.

There is not really a difination of a non follower. However the opposite of follower is defined as: apostate, defector, renegade, traitor, turncoat.

Everyone in the world, in their relationship to Jesus, is by difination belongs to one of these groups. Where are you? Where do you choose to be?

*Matthew 15:32-39, Mark 8:1-13, Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:31-44; Luke 9:12-17; and John 6:1-14

**Luke 10:1-23

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