Summary: Stations of the Cross, Station 2
THE WAY OF THE STUDENT (LUKE 14:25-33)
Upon entering a little country store, a stranger noticed a sign reading, “Danger! Beware of Dog?posted on the glass door. Inside, he noticed a harmless old hound dog asleep on the floor besides the cash register.
The stranger asked the store manager (sarcastically), “Is that the dog folks are supposed to beware of??“Yep, that’s him,?he replied (oblivious to the stranger’s tone). The stranger couldn’t help but be amused. “That certainly doesn’t look like a dangerous dog to me. Why in the world would you post that sign??“Because,?the owner replied, “before I posted that sign, people kept tripping over him.?
Have you ever felt like the poor household dog? Old, sleepy, and traumatized by outsiders, footsteps, and boots?
Jesus had called us to be His disciples, to make a difference in the world, to be salt and light in society, and to snatch lost people from the jaws of spiritual death, but, sadly, we resemble more like sleeping dogs lying there than shepherd dogs at work. Today’s Christians have lost their bite, legs, and stomach for discipleship.
A disciple is a student of the Master who represents Him with distinction, dedication, and delight. The Master has challenged his students to forego the comfort of the family, a sheltered life, and all the possessions of the world to join Him in the school of discipleship. Jesus used the word “disciples?three times in this passage to challenge all His followers to join Him without regretting the journey or the loss.
CONSIDER YOUR PRIORITY
25Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26”If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters-yes, even his own life-he cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:26 is very controversial for the conceived reason that it is anti-family. It pits children against parents, splits brothers and sisters apart, and divides husbands and wives. The surest way for people to leave the church is for the pastor to expound passages like these. We have enough issues to divide the family today ?money, politics, and lack of time - and we certainly don’t need religion to drive the family further apart.
However, to understand this passage, we have to first understand what Jesus had to say about the duty of children. Twice, Jesus asserted that honoring parents is a command of God: to the rich young ruler (Lk 18:18-20, Mt 19:19), and to the Pharisees and the teachers of the law (Matt 15:1-4, Mark 7:5-10).
The presence of the teachers of the law was crucial, because the teachers of the law were at the courtyard of the high priest (Mt 26:57, Mk 14:53), and the three accusations brought against Jesus there were that he would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days (Mt 26:61, Mk 14:58); he was the Christ, the Son of God (Mt 26:63, Mk 14:61, Lk 22:67), and the king of the Jews (Mt 27:11, Mk 15:2, Jn 18:33).
Note that the teachers of the law did not accuse Jesus?of transgressing against parents, a task they would be most willing to say if they had evidence or charge against him, especially since they had no problem parsing or misinterpreting the words Jesus had said to large crowds.