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Unconditional Surrender

Luke 9:57-62

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him,  “ I will follow you wherever you go. ” Jesus replied,  “ Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head. ” He said to another man,  “ Follow me. ” But the man replied,  “ Lord, first let me go and bury my father. ” Jesus said to him,  “ Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God. ” Still another said,  “ I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family. ” Jesus replied,  “ No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God. ”

Someone said, “ The Holy Spirit won’t manifest Himself until we deny ourselves. ” This is a real key to following Christ.

We must do spiritually speaking what the Japanese did militarily speaking on September 2nd aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. We must sign on with an “ unconditional surrender. ”

People who really love God welcome the opportunity to reassess their commitment to Him. People who haven’t fallen in love with Christ usually squirm in the pew when we approach the “would-be” disciples.

What did the “ disciple wanna-be’s ” learn in this text?

To follow Christ there can be no earthly securities ( vv 57-58 ).

The man offers the presumptuous challenge. It sounds like a “ no strings attached ” commitment. We want to stand and applaud him.

But Jesus responds in personal testimony with highly figurative language. Foxes and birds have homes, but the Son of Man holds on to nothing in this fallen world as a security blanket.

In fact the only earthly home that Jesus had was a cross.

John 19:30

When he had received the drink, Jesus said,  “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

To follow Christ there can be no prior loyalties ( vv 59-61 ).

Jesus waits for no presumptuous remark this time. He engages the man, “ Follow me. ” The challenge is for the man to radically rearrange his life in obedience to Christ.

This second candidate asks to bury his father first.

The third candidate says he will follow, “but … “

Both men had the prior loyalty of family. Jesus’ strange remark about dead people burying dead people shows that He doesn’t like to receive an indefinite postponement of commitment.


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