Summary: Did Jesus really teach that we need to hate our father and mother and wife and children in order to be His disciples? This may be the oddest Mother's Day sermon ever!
Today is Mother’s Day!
(Open for testimonies among the congregation)
How did your mother or grandmother impact you spiritually for Jesus?
(Personal testimony of how my Mom, Grandma Char and Great Grandma Mary influenced my walk with Jesus.)
What are the two greatest commandments? (One of our memory Scriptures)
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
“And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
With that in mind please open your Bibles to Luke 14:25-27 which we will read shortly ...
Now, when we read this you are certainly going to think that this is the weirdest Scripture ever used for a sermon on Mother’s day!
So let’s go ahead and read Luke 14:25-27
What? Hate your father and mother and brothers and sisters and even your own life?
How can that be? How can that possibly be reconciled with:
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
“Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe My Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God.”
And Jesus, the greatest example of all, while hanging on the cross, dying from blood loss and dehydration and suffering unimaginable pain made the effort to provide for His own mother.
So, how can Jesus say we need to hate our father and mother and sisters and brothers?
What does the Lord hate?
“There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”
Proverbs 11:1a AMP
“A false scale and dishonest business practices are extremely offensive and shamefully sinful to the Lord.”
So, is Jesus confused?
- Jesus knows the two great commandments
- Jesus' last commandment was to love one another
- Jesus is God and we know that there are things God hates
- Are we to hate our father and mother and sisters and brothers in the same way that God hates sin?
Jesus often used a literary device called hyperbole which is an exaggeration given to make a point.
The sermon lasted forever! (No ... it only seemed that way ...)
I'm so hungry I could eat a cow!
So, when Jesus was saying in
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters …” He was using hyperbole
He was really saying what He said in Matthew 10:37 when He said:
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.”
(Move to the right side of the platform)
What the Lord hates and what we should really hate (sin) is over here.
(Now move to the left side of the platform.)
What we should really love is over here. (Matthew 22:37)