We were warned

Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. (Luke 14:25-33, NIV)


3 thoughts on “We were warned

  1. “His master was furious …..”

    The invitation to the banquet was extended in anger.
    The original invitiation was extended with joy to those believed to be true friends of and loyalists of the Master.
    When the invitation was rejected the master becomes angry and extends the invitation to others.
    The Master must have come to understand;

    “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me“.

    Wesley’s notes on Luke 14:26 explain:
    ………all things, and act as if he hated them, when they stand in competition with him .(Christ, God)

    The high cost of following Christ would soon be realized by the apostles and the church.
    They would be martyred, hunted , tortured and killed.
    Who has not read the account by Eusebius on Christian persecution?

    We have a “new Christ” preached today.
    Hardly recognizable to the Christ of scripture.

  2. When I study the text these are the questions that come to mind.

    Who is the master?
    Who were the those original invitations sent to?
    Is the anger of the master justified?
    Why the warning?
    Who is that warning addressed to?
    Was there something missed by those who received the first invitation?
    Something taken for granted?

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