The crowds, inspired by Jesus' teaching and excited about the possibilities of his ministry, began to follow him. Jesus, sensing this great growth opportunity turns to the crowd and says what anyone would say who's looking to really capture the momentum of the moment:
“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."
Wait, what? Come again, Jesus? Perhaps he misspoke, surely he doesn't mean what he's saying?
Jesus, wanting to be sure he's clear, doubles down, and shares a pair of parables about a builder and another about a king. What's was the point of these parables: discipleship to Jesus is costly, therefore, anyone who intends to follow needs to be clear-eyed and purposeful with their decision.
Needless to say, this was a charged moment for those who were following Jesus. Rarely does a leader tell the truth on the front-end, like Jesus does here, but Jesus is no ordinary leader. So what are we, today, supposed to understand from this story?
Join us this Sunday as we close out our sermon series, The Parables of Jesus, with an examination of this account in Luke 14 in order to discover Jesus' invitation for us today.