by David Cawston

David Cawston
Matthew 16:24

There are 4 occurrences of this phrase used by Jesus in the Gospels.

3 of them are used in connection with Peter and his not wanting Jesus to die on the cross.
The other two like this are in Mark 8:24 and Luke 9:23

Focus on Luke 14: 26-35
The fourth one is just a teaching by Jesus to a multitude in Luke 14:27
He tells them that :
1. Be committed!
He must be number 1.
Luke 14:26-27
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. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. NIV
2. Count the cost!
Luke 14:28
28 "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? NIV
3. Pay the price!
Luke 14:29-30
29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30 saying, `This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.' NIV
He repeats these truths again in the next verses in a different order.
2. Count the Cost
Luke 14:31
31 "Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? NIV
3. Pay the price!
Luke 14:32 - 33
32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
1. Be committed !
Luke 14:34-35
34 "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." (NIV)

Jesus was teaching people of his day about commitments.
Not making commitments has be a problem w ...

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