Psalm 150 (Choir Anthem)
Let me just start with a question: Does Jesus mean what he says? Just raise your hand. Ok—here’s another question. Do you think Jesus wants you to hate your mom? Just raise your hand. Does Jesus want you to hate your mom? He says so—“Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.” Says it right there. Luke 14:26. When I preach, I assume that Jesus means what he says, because if he doesn’t, it would mean that we’re all pretty much wasting our time here, although the music is generally worth your time. And there were pancakes earlier, too, so maybe it’s not so bad, spending the morning hearing good music and eating pancakes. But you probably didn’t count on these words from Jesus. I’ve been thinking about them for days, and I’m still not ready to hear them.