Luke 14:25, 26 – And great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, (Verse 26) “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brother and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.”
At this time, there were multitudes that began to follow Jesus. Perhaps it was because of His miracles or because He fed them. Jesus turned and said something that caused some to not follow Him anymore.
“If any man comes to Me,” meaning, what I’m about to say is the requirement. When we study what the word “hate” means here, it literally means “hate.”
Jesus used the strongest possible word to emphasize a point. He said unless you hate your father, mother, sister, brother, and even your own life, you can’t be His disciple.
So, what is Jesus really saying? He is saying, unless your relationship with Him is preeminent, number one in your life, you can not be His disciple. The relationship we have with Him is to be the closest relationship we have on this earth.
Hate is a metaphor, a word of compassion. He wants that relationship so close that it is above all earthly things. That love we give to God is to be more than we give a husband, wife, child, sister, or brother.
There will be times when a person becomes born-again and their entire family might turn against them. But guess who will never leave you no matter what? Jesus Christ!