Jesus sets his Followers a Challenge

—Luke 14:28–32

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Luke 14:25–37 Intro

  1. Now large crowds were accompanying Jesus, and turning to them he said,
  2. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
  3. Whoever does not carry his own cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:28–30 Parable of the Tower

  1. For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down first and compute the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?
  2. Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, all who see it will begin to make fun of him.
  3. They will say, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish!’

National Monument of Scotland

National Monument of Scotland

Hoogstraten’s £40m folly

Hoogstraten's £40m folly

Luke 14:31–33 Parable of King at War

  1. Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?
  2. If he cannot succeed, he will send a representative while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace.
  3. In the same way therefore not one of you can be my disciple if he does not renounce all his own possessions.

The Battle of Svensksund

The Battle of Svensksund

Petter Hagberg (Brita Nilsdotter) was born in 1756 in Finnerödja, Sweden. In 1785 she married Anders Peter Hagberg who was a soldier of the guard. Shortly after the marriage he was called away to participate in the Russo-Swedish war (1788 – 1790). At a loss without her husband, Brita dressed herself as a man and enlisted in the army to find him. She participated in the Battle of Svensksund (pictured above) and the Battle of Vyborg Bay as a marine. During her time there her commanding officer called out the name “Hagberg” and both she and her husband stepped forward – she found him at last. The two kept her sex a secret. Later, at the battle of Björkö Sund, Brita was wounded and ordered below deck to have her wounds taken care of. She went unwillingly and her sex was revealed. After the war she was given a pension (unheard of at the time) and was granted a license to trade (also unheard of for a married woman). She was awarded a medal of bravery and given a military funeral.

Luke 14:34–35 Conclusion: Parable of the Salt

  1. “Salt is good, but if salt loses its flavor, how can its flavor be restored?
  2. It is of no value for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. The one who has ears to hear had better listen!”

What it means in practice today

Jesus, all for Jesus

Jesus, all for Jesus
All I am and have, and ever hope to be

All of my ambitions, hopes, and plans
I surrender these into your hands

For it’s only in your will that I am free
For it’s only in your will that I am free

Jesus, all for Jesus
All I am and have, and ever hope to be


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