The Fork in the road…… • Leads to SUFFERING. • Leads to REJECTION. • Leads to DEATH. • Leads to a DECISION: > Do you really want to FOLLOW that kind of Messiah? > Should you LOOK for a different kind of Messiah?
Jesus’ Ultimate Challenge…… • Jesus is talking about a NEW life, not just a religious process to a better life.
The levels of Jesus’ Ultimate Challenge…… • Jesus challenges the myth of COMFORT. > The challenge is to DENY ourselves. > The problem is not with desire or pleasure, it’s with DISTORTED and misdirected desire.
• Jesus challenges the myth of SAFETY. > It is a specific invitation to FOLLOW Jesus even when we are ridiculed and mocked. > It is a LIE that life should be completely safe and risk-free.
• Jesus challenges the myth of CONTROL. > “Follow Me (Jesus) is the ESSENCE of Christianity. > Jesus’ language is direct and radical: “LINE your life up behind Me.
The reward of accepting the Ultimate Challenge…… • God will give you a REAL life of abundance. • God will make your life a glorious PROFIT.