“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?
“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?
‘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.