Luke 14:25

25 Once when large crowds of people were going along with Jesus, he turned and said to them,

Luke 14:25 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 14:25

And there went great multitudes with him
From Galilee, as he journeyed from thence to Jerusalem; some for one thing, and some another, and all perhaps were in expectation of his setting up a temporal kingdom when he came there; and hoped they should share, more or less, the worldly advantages of it; for the whole nation was big with such carnal notions of the Messiah. Jesus therefore, to draw off their minds from such views, and that they might not be disappointed, acquaints them, that if they would be his disciples, they must part with all that was near and dear to them; and prepare to suffer great hardships and difficulties for his name's sake: for it follows,

and he turned;
himself to the company that was behind: and said unto them; with a grave and stern countenance, looking wistly at them, and in the most solemn manner delivered what is hereafter related.

Luke 14:25 In-Context

23 So the master said to the servant, "Go out to the country roads and lanes and make people come in, so that my house will be full.
24 I tell you all that none of those who were invited will taste my dinner!' "
25 Once when large crowds of people were going along with Jesus, he turned and said to them,
26 "Those who come to me cannot be my disciples unless they love me more than they love father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and themselves as well.
27 Those who do not carry their own cross and come after me cannot be my disciples.