The clash between the agenda of Christ and the agendas of His disciples continues to reveal itself as Jesus turns south towards Jerusalem and His appointment with two pieces of wood (and the wrath of God for the sins of mankind) on Calvary. The men who were eager to follow the Sovereign Son were having trouble grasping why He would at the same time be the Suffering Servant. Even more perplexing to them, and challenging to them, was His clear command for them to follow in His footsteps, to serve as He served, to embrace an entirely new value system. But He refused to lower the bar simply because they had trouble accepting it. His bar is just as high for us today. He calls us to the path of greatest resistance.