Teaching One Another
We haven’t done this for awhile, and Sunday to come presents a good opportunity for me to revive the “Teaching One Another” category.
I’ll be preaching in my congregation, and as we traditionally do in the Lutheran church, my focus will be upon the Gospel text. And what a text we have! It’s a doozy, so I thought I’d get some thoughts from the iMonk community to help me prepare, and then you will get to see the fruits of our labors together on Monday.
This text falls squarely into the category of one of Jesus’ “hard sayings.” In particular, the beginning of what Jesus says here and then his concluding statement are what make this passage daunting to understand and to preach.
So, give me a hand with this, ok? Let’s try to teach one another today about Jesus’ challenging words in this Sunday’s Gospel.
Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, ‘Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, “This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.” Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.
• Luke 14:25-33