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Does Jesus follow us too?

I like talking about myself as a follower of Jesus. I prefer that description to any other one in describing my faith. I like it because it describes the relationship pretty well: intimate but not static; he leads, I follow.

But tonight a question occured to me: Does Jesus sometimes follow me?

Wherever I go, he is there. He will never leave me and never forsake me. Does that mean that sometimes he follows, too? And if that is true, what does it mean for my faith?

This idea is profoundly humbling. And scary.

I don’t know. I am headed to bed, and that is the question. Let me know what you think. I’m also going to email a few friends and see what they say. I’ll share whatever I hear.

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posted November 1, 2006 at 3:54 am

David, the purity of your soul is a blessing. I must admit that I have yet to read your book, but I look eagerly forward to the read. I believe that Jesus does follow us sometimes, when we, like sheep do veer astray from the good pastures that He sets before us. I believe that analogy of sheep/goats, and the good shepherd who leaves the 99 to find the one that has been lost encompases that age old enigma of free will vs. predestination. We are free, though we are marked as belonging to God. And when we choose our will over that of God, we inevitably hurt ourselves. but God loves us despite our stupid choices. that’s my take anyway.

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posted November 4, 2006 at 2:13 pm

Jesus does not follow, not in the sense that I follow Jesus. Jesus is present (immanence). The Holy Spirit dwells within us. Psalm 139 says that God goes before us, is behind us and His hand is upon us. The bible uses the word follow in two senses. The disciples in the Gospels followed Jesus in the physical sense. When Jesus physically left the scene the word took on the meaning of obeying. To follow Jesus means to obey Jesus. Jesus does not obey me, Jesus does not follow me.

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posted November 5, 2006 at 11:17 am

I believed that Jesus is more important than politics.

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