Come, Follow Me Week 38
by Cassandra Hedelius
I very much love “The Chosen,” the dramatization of the ministry of Jesus and his disciples that just finished its second season. It’s a beautiful portrayal of Jesus’ love, authority, humanity, and divinity.
Recent events made a particular scene come to mind with even greater power and relevance. As Jesus and his disciples leave Capernaum, they discuss which route to take. One disciple points out they need to turn in order to go around Samaria. All the disciples simply assumed they would avoid Samaria in their travels because of the vicious hostility between Samaritans and Jews. Jesus shocked them all by saying that they were going to go right into Samaria. One disciple, thinking Jesus needed reminding, explained that it was safer to go around. Jesus replied: “Did you join me for safety reasons?”
We do indeed follow the Lord because he is the only source of our ultimate safety, spiritual safety from the enemy of our souls. But the history of the church and these sections in particular are stark reminders that the covenant path is not a guarantee of our immediate physical safety.
- Question: Did Joseph own 144 acres of land in Kirtland?
- The Kirtland Safety Society
- Question: Was the United Order simply a form of communism?
- Question: Why did Joseph describe the United Order in revelation as “everlasting” and “immutable and unchangeable” until Jesus comes?
- RiseUp Podcast – The Choice of Discipleship
- Question: Is there a contradiction between the Old Testament concept of “cursing” enemies and Latter-day Saint scriptures stating that we should “bless” our enemies?
- Question: Why did the Saints leave Missouri before the temple was built?