Learn to follow your Rabbi so closely that the dust from his sandals clings to your garments.
You have probably heard that once or twice at Salem. And for good reason. It provokes such a powerful image – Jesus in front with a group of disciples so eager to catch every word that they were a half-step behind their teacher. Jesus came to bring salvation and eternal life to those who believe, but he also called believers to unequivocally follow him and his example. Further, as C.S. Lewis once reflecting on Jesus’ call to make disciples wrote, “He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has – by what I call ‘good infection.’” The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is nothing less than to become like Christ. Again, considering the life Jesus lived, this provokes powerful emotions. It should not surprise us because Jesus himself said,
“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40)
Be sure to pick up a Follow Me companion journal at church. As you engage the book and this series, our prayer and hope is that you will engage the real Jesus. Seeing him with fresh eyes and fresh eagerness, desiring to follow so closely that the dust from his sandals clings to your garments.
Below, you will find the additional resources references in the companion journal: pictures, maps, videos and resources. These will provide valuable contextual insight and color to the places and events you are reading about.