Strive To Enter the Kingdom! August 4th, by Brian Anderson Scripture: Luke When someone asked Jesus if only a few people were being saved, Jesus exhorted him and everyone else who could hear Him to strive to enter through the narrow door. Why do we need to strive to enter the kingdom?
Luke Unlike most of us, Jesus was not impressed by numbers of people. Instead, when large crowds followed Him, He sifted them, and thinned the ranks. He did this by telling them the Cost of Radical Discipleship — they must give up the people, comforts, and things that were most dear to them in order to follow Him.
Then Jesus enforced this teaching by giving them three illustrations of the Dangers of Rashly Embracing Discipleship. Those dangers are Ridicule, Destruction, and Uselessness. Play in new window Download Duration: Those that come to this feast do not pay an admission price.
They simply come, feast and enjoy. Salvation is a gift of God. The work of Jesus Christ is finished. It has been fully accomplished. We simply rest in the work that Christ has already worked out on our behalf. All of that is gloriously true. However, this morning we are going to look at the other side of the coin.
However, a very rich, and healthy young friend of yours hears of your plight, and offers to let his heart do the work for the both of you. However, there is one catch. The only way that he can have his heart work for you, is to have a tube go from his heart and attach to yours.
So, if you want life, you can have it, but from now on, wherever he goes, you go. No longer will you ever be able to go wherever you want. Your will will be be subject to his will for the rest of your life. The gift of eternal life is absolutely free, but when we receive it, we are united to Jesus Christ, and we discover that it will cost us everything we have.
We discover that we are not our own. We have been bought with a price, and now must glorify God in our body. Notice, who it is that Jesus is addressing.
Jesus is speaking to lost people! In this passage Jesus is teaching a large crowd of lost people what their heart attitude must be in order to be His disciple. They must value Him supremely, and surrender to Him completely.
No argument or debate. This is really a call to salvation. This is an evangelistic call here. In the Book of Acts, there is no difference between a believer and a disciple. Disciples and Christians are exactly the same thing.
Jesus is saying, if you want to be a Christian, this is what you must do. In this passage, Jesus gives 3 terms of Discipleship, and then He gives 3 illustrations of the dangers of not meeting those terms. The 3 terms of discipleship are given to us in verse 26, 27, and “Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all things to God’s glory.” – 1 Corinthians Giving Glory To God.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: — MB) Counting the Cost of Following Jesus Luke In the parable of the Big Dinner that we studied last week, salvation is pictured as a lavish feast that God provides freely for all who will come and enjoy it.
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