Jesus:

“Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.”

(Luke 14:26, NRSV)

Us: Wow Jesus.  That’s quite a statement. Maybe you should tone it down a bit Jesus.  We don’t like it when you say uncomfortable things Jesus.  I mean, come on, really – hate.  That’s a strong word don’t you think?

Jesus:

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”

(Luke 9:23, NRSV)

Us: I forgot about that one.  Ok, so you had a couple of difficult sayings, but really, you don’t mean it do you?

Jesus:

‘Why do you call me “Lord, Lord”, and do not do what I tell you?

(Luke 6:46, NRSV)

Us: Well…um…Hey, look at the time, I have to go.  Bye.  Talk to you later Jesus.