The Cost of Discipleship
General Idea: This passage has some seemingly strange happenings and words coming from Jesus. Large crowds often followed Jesus, attracted by His teachings (Matt. 7:28-8:1), and His miracles (Matt. 8:16-18). Then, He sees a large crowd coming toward Him so He ditches them. Then individual people come up to Him and He turns them away too, He even turns away a Jewish leader. Jesus gives us the impression He is pushing people away that have come to Him, which would be directly opposed to His character and mission. So, what is going on here?