Chapter 9 of the Gospel of Luke forms a hinge in the narrative. Up to this point, the key question has been, “Who is this Jesus?” And in Luke 9, that question begins to be answered and we see His glorious identity be revealed.


From this point on, Jesus is moving inexorably toward Jerusalem and to the crucifixion that awaits him there. So here we are, On the Road with Jesus. Up to Jerusalem, to the cross, and to glory. And He says to each one of us, “Come, follow me.”

  • A Glorious Confession
  • A Sobering Clarification
  • A Dangerous Calling


A Glorious Confession

  • Jesus is the long-awaited Davidic King


A Sobering Clarification

  • Jesus’ path to the crown runs through the cross
    • The Royal Road passes through suffering on the way to glory.
    • Jesus is the One who shall wear the crown because He is the One who bore the cross.


A Dangerous Calling

  • Jesus bids us follow Him through suffering into glory
    • You must learn to die to yourself, in order to truly live.
    • There’s no glory without suffering.


Takeaway: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”


I have decided to follow Jesus.
I have decided to follow Jesus.
Though none go with me, still I will follow.
The world behind me, the cross before me.
I have decided to follow Jesus.
No turning back, no turning back.