Summary: A Call to Discipleship!!! What God will work with and what He will not.

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Luke 9:51-62

Eads and Haswell United Methodist Churches

July 1, 2001

“no way, yeah but, and whatever you say”

I sat down to write this sermon and found myself almost finished with it,

When it dawned on, man, even I am bored.

Those poor people who have to sit and listen to me preach.

There really is nothing new here.

This is not the most dynamic story I have ever heard in Scripture.

No one dies, nothing gets blown up,

There is nothing really all that life changing.

What am I supposed to do with this thing?

Then God spoke to me.

John, did you bother to ask me what I think of this story?

Well God, no not really.

Maybe I should.

Yes John. Maybe you should.

So I prayed about it,

And saw something here that I have never seen before.

What a great story!

I mean it.

There is a lot more here than meets the eye.

Okay, so maybe it really isn’t all that enlightening from our own human perspective,

But from God’s point of view, there is really a lesson here for us.

I call it…

“no way, yeah but, and whatever you say”

These are the three types of people we run into this mornings Scripture.

And they are also the three kind of people that God has to deal with on a regular basis.

Let’s take another look…

Scripture tells us that Jesus was on a journey to Samaria.

Actually, in the literal Greek,

It uses the word journey 6 times.

This is obviously important to the story.

Jesus is going somewhere.

He is not a drifter.

He is not a vagrant.

He is not a wanderer.

Jesus is the man with a plan.

He even has his own VIP PR team that he has sent out ahead to make

Reservations for the Ramada Inn where they will be staying,

And the largest football coliseum that he can address as many people

As possible.

Here we come to our first response that God often hears from us.

No way!

Get out of town.

Pack it up and leave us alone.

Like I said, this is the first response that God is used to hearing from people.

No way God.

You are not welcome here.

We do things around hear the way that I want.

Keep on going.


Now take a look at the response…

The response of the disciples is complete indignation to the point of absurdity

And great amusement.

Jesus, let’s call fire down from heaven and nuke these ingrates

Back to the stone age.

We’ll show them.

I have to tell you that I laughed out loud when I read this for the first time.

I can only imagine Jesus’ reaction.

Scripture tells us that he rebuked them.

I wish someone was there taking notes that day

So we could all here what a scolding from the Son of God

Would sound like.

The second time I read the story though,

I did not find it to be quite so amusing.

Even as absurd and ridiculous as this request was,

It tells us something else…

Those who were the closest to Jesus, still had no clue who he was.

That makes me sad.

Jesus was truly alone among these people who did not understand him.

This is a point that I will revisit later in this sermon.

Rather than responding according to the disciples wishes,

We find that Jesus shows us the way that God responds to people who are not interested

In him… The “no way” folks, He passes right on by.

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Roy Hodge

commented on Jun 23, 2010

Down to earth and practical. Made me take inventory of my "yeah buts"!

Bobby Awtrey

commented on Jun 24, 2010

Really enjoyed the presentation .... I will plan on using many of the points that you shared with us. God''s Word is Alive and being Preached .... Stay Bold and Keep Following Jesus ......

Lee Strawhun

commented on Feb 8, 2016

Thanks for sharing.

Phil Calkins

commented on Sep 5, 2017

A fresh expression of God's word. Twinge of guilt reading the yeah but's (but necessary)! Thank you!

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