Luke 13: 25-33
Great crowds accompany Jesus.
But Jesus turns and says stuff that could easily drive them away!
Why though, why did Jesus do that?
Because he knows us too well and he knows that life itself will break the faith of many… so he urges caution ⚠️
We’re all familiar with people who’ve fallen out with God because of some suffering or loss, the death of a loved one, yes?
Often, we’re rattled ourselves.
When he tells the story of a man who started to build but couldn’t finish he’s talking about us, about that struggle, specifically about all who fall away.
When he talks about a man who marched out to war with 10,000 men without considering if he could stand up to the other advancing against him with 20,000 men he’s talking about us, about that struggle, specifically about all who fall away – the 20,000 men being life, cancer, diseases of one kind or another, disappointment, the tough stuff… and even the soft stuff, like our love of money, possessions.
And what’s really happening when we fall out with God because of some suffering or death, because of the tough stuff?
According to Jesus we’ve put ourselves or our loved ones before Jesus. There’s the knife!
Jesus understood that we’re inclined to think that God will somehow spare us suffering if we’re good and he knew this is nonsense, a recipe for disaster.
So when he saw the crowds he tried to warn them.
He’s just turned to you now and done the same!