Theological Analysis of Luke 9:57-62 Regarding “Following Jesus” on The Life of Service of Pastor and His Calling
AbstractThe author explained number of things in Luke 9:57-62, such as (1) the interpretation of“follow Jesus;” (2) the meaning “to firstly bury my father;” (3) the definition of “sayingfarewell/good-by” to family; (4) the interpretation of “looking back” while plowing, and (5)connecting these four points toward the ministry and calling of a pastor. The theoretical resultis that “Following Jesus” means leaving all the things he previously had and starting anewwith Jesus. The meaning of “to firstly bury my father” is that he wanted to take care of his orher parents up to their death, which he himself did not know when it will be. The definition of“farewell/saying good-by to the family” expressed the man lack of willingness to carry thecross of Jesus and face suffering. While “looking back” interpreted how unfocused person bein wanting to follow Jesus and doing the ministry work. And if the four points listed are to berelated in the ministry of a pastor and his calling then he needs to decide to follow Jesus if hefeels the calling within him, when the call was heartily felt then a pastor has no reason to carefor his parents over his service, the called pastor need not to say good-by to his family beforefollowing Jesus, and for a pastor who follows Jesus was not permitted to look back at his pastlife because that may interfere his focus in serving God‟s call.
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