Scripture Reading:  Matthew 10:16-18

Imagine yourself being a follower of Jesus at the time He was preaching.  Imagine that there is much excitement about Him and great hope that He will be the new King and is the Messiah.  There would be much hope and excitement about what is to come.

But then, out of the blues, Jesus gives this sermon.  He says that His followers will be persecuted and scourged and that this persecution will continue over and over.  This must have made His followers stop and seriously question Jesus and wonder if it was worth following Him.

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