Nothing Great Happens Without It (4 Of 4) by James Merritt

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NOTHING GREAT HAPPENS WITHOUT IT
Dr. James Merritt
Luke 14: 25-35
10-24-99

INTRODUCTION

1. There's is an old fable about an Emperor who many years ago
gathered together the wisest people in his kingdom and said, "I
want you to assemble all of the great knowledge of our civilizations
so that it will be available for future generations."

2. They worked many years before returning with ten bound
volumes. The Emperor glanced at the stack of books frowned and
said, "Too long." The sages scurried back to work and did not
return until they had edited the ten volumes down to one. However,
when they handed it to the Emperor he refused to open it. He said,
"It is still too lengthy." Over the next two years, the sages
condensed the book into one paragraph. The emperor still wasn't
satisfied.

3. Finally, these wise people came back with a single sentence
inscribed on an index card. The Emperor read it, smiled, and said,
"This is perfect. Now future generations will understand why we
have been so successful. All the genius we possess is contained in
this brilliant solitary phrase." The sentence read: "There is no free
lunch." The truth is whether you eat dog food or filet mignon
depends on how high price you're willing to pay for the meal. In
other words, greatness depends upon sacrifice. Sacrifice is what
Jesus is speaking of in the passage we are going to study today. In
fact, in classic sermonic form, Jesus, first of all, gives an
explanation of sacrifice. Then He gives an illustration of sacrifice.
Then He makes an application of sacrifice.

4. Verse 25 says that Jesus was speaking to "great multitudes."
He was not speaking to just his core followers. He was talking to
everybody. We would call this crowd today "groupies." Three
different times, in this passage, (vv. 26, 27, 33) Jesus said unless
you meet certain conditions you "Cannot be my disciples." Quite
frankly, Jesus was tryin ...


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