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Easy Street Is A Dead-end

Whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple
Luke 14:25-33

Sermon Topic Christianity

Sermon Week Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 14:27


There is a tendency throughout life to search for the easy way of doing things. We all search for that elusive "Easy Street." In fact, in Honolulu, Hawaii, if you take the Pali Highway north-bound, and proceed about one-third of the distance to Pali Pass, and turn right at Park Street, and continue for one block, there it is: "Easy Street." But if you go one block more you come upon another sign which says: "Dead End."

In today's Lesson, and in many other places in the Gospels, Jesus warns us that if we are looking for an easy way to follow Him, we're on a dead end street. If you want to be His follower, Jesus says, you must "bear your own cross." If you want to be His disciple, Jesus says that you had better first "count the cost," (Lk. 14:27,28).

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? (Lk. 14:27-28).

If any one would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up His cross and follow Me (Mt. 16:24).

When a man and a woman stand at the altar of God and enter into a marriage covenant with one another, they agree that the union of their life and love will be a permanent, enduring, lasting union. They promise to love "... until death us do part." And one of the beautiful things about a good marriage is that the love endures, deepens, and grows through the years. It is relatively easy for a man and a woman, during the early romantic, ecstatic days, to say that they love each other and that they will always remain together. But as time goes by, the daily pressures are upon them, they feel the nitty-grittyness of married life -- and the honeymoon is over. And both parties in the relationship soon discover that if their love for each other is to endure and deepen and [...]

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