Luke 14 Summary

Key Idea: It is worth it!

Summary: Good morning, Ladies!

How was your Easter? I hope you had a good one and didn’t too many Easter eggs. Ha!!

We are wrapping up Luke 14. This has been a tough chapter….not because it is so difficult to understand, but because it it reminds us of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. It is not a cheap gospel, the cost is high.

A disciple of Jesus cares about people! Jesus demonstrates this by healing a man with dropsy, a disease with swelling of the arms and legs. It’s very likely this man was brought to the Temple to “test” Jesus as they were “watching Him closely” to see what He would do.

The big question was “would Jesus heal on the Sabbath?” Which to the Pharisees was considered “work.”

Jesus knowing their thoughts addresses the question in their minds by saying, “Is it right to heal on the Sabbath?”

They kept silent. What could they say?

Jesus than addresses the importance of humility reminding them that he who humbles himself will be exalted, and he who exalts himself will be humbled.

Jesus encourages the host of the dinner to invite people to dine with him who cannot pay him back. He who does so, has his eye on God’s reward which is sure, having faith that he will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. Apparently, there are at least two rewards. One is in the here and now, and the other is the one God will give.

The question for us is which reward is more important…which one will we live for?

Then Jesus says, that though we are to love and show compassion for others, we are not to love them more than God. We are to follow Him whatever the cost. To do so, means we carry our own cross. Like Jesus, we die to ourselves and say, “LORD, not my will, but Your will be done!"

But Jesus reminds us, "Though, the cost of discipleship is high. It is worth everything we have!"

In our last class, we watched a video of a young father who was also a pastor. He gave a 28 minute dramatic monologue on God’s redemption story beginning from Genesis to Revelation.

It was simple, but powerful as he related God’s love for man throughout the ages. Little did Ronnie Smith know that when God called him and his family to be missionaries, that a short time later…he would join the ranks of those who paid the highest cost.

I know what Ronnie would tell us if here were standing here today, he would say…it is worth it! It is worth it!

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday. Have a great weekend!


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