Summary: Jesus’ determination to go to Jerusalem became a springboard to helping His followers count the cost of their preconceived notions. What is lost when we live by our preconceived notions? 3 costs of living with preconceived notions of Jesus’ Kingdom.
THE COST OF LIVING w/Preconceived notions—Luke 9:51-56
American Indians—Lost land
England’s 1st attempt at colonizing America—Lost Colony
Blacks in Africa—Lost freedom
Southerners in civil War—Lost productivity
Twin Towers—Lost security
Took Bible & Prayer out of school—Lost foundation
Jesus’ determination to go to Jerusalem became a springboard to helping His followers count the cost of preconceived notions.
The preconceived notions of religious people can keep them losers.
What is lost when we refuse Jesus’ direction/destiny?
3 costs of living with pre-conceived notions of Jesus’ Kingdom.
1—The cost of living with preconceived notions is
:51—“And it came about, when the days were approaching for His ascension, that He resolutely set His face to go to Jerusalem;”
Up to Jerusalem
OR Upon the Cross
OR Into Heaven
“Resolutely set His face”—sthrizw—Stable, Firm, Set fast
Absolutely determined despite hardship/persecution/ridicule
“To Jerusalem”—Center & hotbed of Pharisaical establishment—Religiosity. the source of Jesus’ trouble.
:52—“& He sent messengers on ahead of Him. And they went, & entered a village of the Samaritans, to make arrangements for Him.”
“Sent Messengers”—apesteilen aggelouV— ‘Apostleized Angels’ as it were—His disciples—the 12.
“Samaritans”—Assyrian exile of Israel in 722BC replaced nobles with foreigners thus compromising the worship of Israel’s God.
“Make arrangements”—Lodging & food.
:53—“And they did not receive Him, because He was journeying with His face toward Jerusalem.”
—National(Samaritan) prejudices/pride was their undoing!
Jn. 4:20-22—“Our fathers worshiped in this mountain[Mt. Gerazim], & you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father. “You worship that which you do not know; we worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews.”
Mat. 21:19—“And seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it, & found nothing on it except leaves only; & He said to it, “No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.” And at once the fig tree withered.”
Space shuttle break up—Sat. 2/01/03/ ABC Dan Rather—Breaking story of fallen debris/Prank caller found a ’foot’ of one of the crew/People screening calls failed/ABC LOST OPPORTUNITY with truth
?You LOST OPPORTUNITY with Jesus?
“Because...”—?What is your ‘because’?!
?What have you lost due to preconceived notions of Jesus?
2—The cost of living with preconceived notions is
:54—“And when His disciples James & John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven & consume them?”
2Kngs. 1:9-10—“Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him, & behold, he was sitting on the top of the hill. And he said to him, “O man of God, the king says, ‘Come down.’” And Elijah answered & said to the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven & consume you & your fifty.” Then fire came down from heaven & consumed him & his fifty.”