26 Feb Matthew 10:34; Luke 9:23-25
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 25 For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? Jesus asked, “Do you want to leave me too?”
Some people left when they got sermons instead of sandwiches. They wanted more loaves and fishes. Asked what his favorite story in the Bible was, the little boy replied, “The one about the guy who loafs and fishes”. Some people just want the social, physical aspect of Christianity, or the blessings. Jesus gave them sermons, and this is a great sermon. We have 3 of Jesus’ sermons recorded and hundreds of thousands of other men’s sermons. Jesus offered suffering instead of comfort. They wanted power; an earthly kingdom, a cushy job. Instead of power, He demanded sacrifice. Instead of a scepter, He gave them a cross. Instead of authority, He offered pain. When He offered pain, they walked away. They had a heart murmur. John 6:41 says, “The Jews grumbled about him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven”. If a large group of people are grumbling about something, from a distance, it sounds like, “Murmurmurmurmur.” Jesus said in verse 43, “Do not grumble among yourselves”. Grumbling is whispered conversation, gossip. It was the beginning of them going away. What began in the heart found expression on the lips. How many times have we been guilty of grumbling. Instead of grace bringing unity and love among us, we get angry and leave.