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Luke 14:25-35

Sunday Morning Bible Study

August 21, 2016


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Luke was a doctor and a traveling companion of the apostle Paul.

He wrote this book while Paul was in prison.

In writing this book about Jesus, Luke made use of other older documents like the Gospel of Mark, as well as extensive eyewitness accounts.

Jesus’ ministry is well under way, and the people have been amazed not just at the things He’s been teaching, but the things He’s been doing.

14:25-35 Effective Disciples

:25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them,

:25 great multitudes went with Him

went withsumporeuomai – to go or journey together; to come together, to assemble

multitudesochlos – a crowd; a throng; a multitude

He turnedstrepho – to turn, turn around; to turn one’s self (i.e. to turn the back to one; of one who no longer cares for another); metaph. to turn one’s self from one’s course of conduct, i.e. to change one’s mind


Crowd or disciple?

At this point in Jesus’ ministry, He has been drawing increasingly larger crowds.
Yet Jesus’ goal was not to have bigger crowds.
His goal was to make disciples.
This is one of the problems that a large church can face.
I’m not against big churches.  Big churches can be used by God in some pretty amazing ways.
The problem is, there will be people who are attending who just want to be “one of the crowd”.
Some churches will in fact tailor their services just for the purpose of drawing a crowd.
Jesus isn’t looking for crowds, He’s looking for disciples.  He’s looking for people who will stand out from the crowd.
The things He’s about to say are not “crowd-friendly”.

:26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.

:26 he cannot be My disciple

cannot be dunamai – to be able, have power whether by virtue of one’s own ability and resources, to be able to do something; to be capable

disciple mathetes – a learner, pupil, disciple

Don’t think of a “disciple” as some sort of “super saint”.

This is a very simple word. This is simply describing the person who is serious about wanting to learn more about Jesus, a person who considers Jesus to be their teacher and model.
Like Daniel-son learning from Mr. Miyagi.
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Jesus is going to teach on what it takes to be a successful disciple, and it’s not what you’re going to like hearing…

He say … we do …
You are not going to be able to be a disciple of Jesus if…

:26 If anyone comes to Me and does not hate …

hate miseo – to hate, pursue with hatred, detest

life psuche – breath; the breath of life; the soul; the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul etc.)


Jesus First

If this verse was the only verse in the New Testament that defines what a Christian looks like, then the church would be filled with hateful, mean spirited people.
It’s actually the world that teaches us to hate.
The story of Ben-Hur is a story about a man who is wrestling with hatred and revenge.
Life takes a cruel turn for Judah Ben-Hur and he goes from being a prince among his people to a lowly rower on a slave ship.
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Life is meant to be much more than hating and rowing.

Just like Ben-Hur, it’s finding Jesus that lifts us out of a life of hatred.

In our passage, we need to keep the rest of the New Testament in mind when we look at what Jesus is saying.
Scripture isn’t going to contradict scripture.
The Bible says that we are love one another.
(John 13:34–35 NKJV) —34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
(1 John 3:11 NKJV) —11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,
(1 John 4:7–8 NKJV) —7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
The Bible makes it clear that we are to love and honor our families. (Mark 7:9-13; 1Tim. 5:8; Eph. 5:25)
Jesus rebuked the Pharisees because they made excuses for not taking care of the needs of their parents. (Mark 7:9-13)

(Mark 7:9–13 NKJV) —9 He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God), 12 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, 13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

Paul said that if a person doesn’t take care of their family, they are worse than an unbeliever.

(1 Timothy 5:8 NKJV) —8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Husbands are commanded to love their wives like Christ loved the church. (Eph. 5:25)
(Ephesians 5:25 NKJV) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
Jesus told us to even love our enemies (Mat. 5:43-44)
(Matthew 5:43–44 NKJV) —43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
The Bible also tells us that if we “hate” people (same Greek word), then we must not be followers of Jesus.
(1 John 3:15 NKJV) Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
(1 John 4:20 NKJV) —20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
So what is Jesus talking about?
We must love Jesus and respect Jesus and His leading above that of any other person.
If we love or respect any other person above Jesus, then we are vulnerable because that other person can direct us in ways that are contrary to Jesus.
Keep in mind that Jesus had just told a parable about a man who had invited people to a great feast and the excuses he began to receive from his invited guests. One of the excuses was that of family –
(Luke 14:20 NKJV) Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’

Jesus is now saying that if you love your wife more than you love Jesus, then you are not going to have the ability to be His disciple.

In verse 33, Jesus looks back at these verses and uses a different phrase,
(Luke 14:33 NKJV) So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
(Luke 14:33 ESV) So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
Following Jesus is similar to the relationship formed by marriage.
(Genesis 2:24 NKJV) Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

A man doesn’t break off all contact with his parents when he gets married, but he makes new priorities.

His wife becomes the single most important relationship in his life.

As a disciple, my relationship with Jesus needs to be the greatest priority of my life.


More than self

We are to love Jesus more than our own selves (life), more than our own emotional well being, more than our own comfort.
Here’s where things can get a little confusing.
When is Jesus telling me to do something, and when am I just telling myself that Jesus is telling me to do this?

I have known instances where very spiritually oriented people have chosen to disobey those who were in authority over them. And I’ve heard excuses like, “It’s okay that I disobey my husband because Jesus gave me permission to do that”. The circumstances I’m thinking of weren’t life or death issues. These weren’t issues that are clearly spelled out in Scripture like, “Thou shalt not steal”. These were simple little decisions.

There is a sense in which each of us is covered by a type of “umbrella” of authority.  There are people to whom we are responsible, and we are in a safe place when we obey those in authority.  When you step outside your umbrella of authority and decide to disobey your boss at work, your teacher at school, your parents, or your husband, you need to be very careful that your disobedience is truly let by the Lord an not just by your own “soul”.

The disciples disobeyed the authority of the Sanhedrin. But the Sanhedrin was telling them to stop doing something that Jesus Himself had ordered them to do. The Sanhedrin was telling the disciples to stop preaching the gospel. The disciples’ response –

(Acts 5:29 NKJV) —29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.

Jesus wants us to honor Him above what makes us comfortable.

:27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

:27 cannot be My disciple

This is the exact same phrase in Greek as in verse 26.

If you do not do this, you will not be successful or effective in being His disciple.

cannot bedunamai – to be able, have power whether by virtue of one’s own ability and resources, or of a state of mind, or through favourable circumstances, or by permission of law or custom; to be able to do something; to be capable, strong and powerful

disciplemathetes – a learner, pupil, disciple

:27 come after Me

afteropiso – back, behind, after, afterwards

It’s one thing to say you are a follower of Jesus, but the thing that defines if you are truly a follower is whether or not you are willing to “bear your cross” and come after Him.

:27 bear his cross

bear bastazo – to take up with the hands; to bear what is burdensome

cross stauros – a cross

The cross was a well-known instrument of punishment that was invented by the Persians, picked up by the Greeks, and perfected by the Romans.
It was used to punish the worst of criminals.
On the way to the place of execution, the criminal was forced to carry his own cross, showing that the Roman sentence was right and he was wrong.
It was done in a public place where everyone could pass by and see what would happen if they committed the crime that the accused had committed.


Enduring pain

Jesus is not talking about wearing a pretty piece of jewelry around your neck.
The cross was an instrument of pain and shame.
It would be closer to our “electric chair”.
Our society works hard to avoid any type of pain.
In 2014, the global pain management market for pharmaceuticals and medical devices was worth 36.6 billion dollars.
Some churches will give you the impression that if you will follow Jesus, that He will heal every disease, take away every pain, and make you wealthy to boot.
Our society also has an interesting relationship with “shame” as well.
It is not politically correct to participate in “body shaming”, or to ridicule a person for their weight or appearance.
It does not seem that Christians are afforded the same type of decency.  It’s completely acceptable to shame a Christian.
Jesus said that true disciples would “bear their cross”.
They would be willing to take up with their hands the thing that causes pain or shame.
Some of the pain comes as a direct result of taking a stand for God.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were given the choice of either bowing down and worshipping Nebuchadnezzar’s idol, or being thrown into a fiery furnace.

(Daniel 3:17–18 NKJV) —17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

They took a stand whether God delivered them or not.

I think it also speaks to the kinds of pain that God allows into our lives.
Sometimes it’s through being hard-pressed that others see Jesus in us.
Paul wrote,

(2 Corinthians 4:7–12 NKJV) —7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you.

Paul saw the pain in his life as being useful to God for the sake of others.

We’re like clay pots that have light in them, and unless the pots are broken, people don’t see the light.

If you love your “soul” more than Jesus, you are not going to be very effective, because you will run from every hint of pain.
But if you’re a person willing to take up things that cause you pain, then you’re a person who will reach out to people that others might not want to touch.
We see Jesus doing this all the time.

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Jesus is looking for people who will endure pain to be His hands in reaching out to this world.

Part of the pain in Paul’s life seems to have involved some sort of physical illness.  He wrote,

(2 Corinthians 12:7–10 NKJV) —7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

We are all going to experience pain and unpleasantness in our lives.  The issue to Jesus is, are you going to quit?
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It’s important when we are facing difficult times, that we don’t quit.
(Hebrews 12:1–3 NKJV) —1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

If Jesus is first place in your life, your eyes will be on Him, and you will find you can endure the pain and the shame.


More than pain (consequences)

We have this idea of the “cross” being simply some kind of symbol of Christianity. But as Jesus was speaking this to His disciples, this wasn’t what was in their minds. A cross was the cruelest punishment for the world’s vilest offenders. Jesus was aware that His message was going to offend people and bring responses such as torture and death. This is exactly what happened to His disciples.
We might say in our culture, “whosoever does not bear his electric chair …
From Fox's Book of Martyrs: (pg.6-7) – Persecution of Emperor Domitian –
“Among the numerous martyrs that suffered during this persecution was Simeon, bishop of Jerusalem, who was crucified; and St. John, who was boiled in oil, and afterward banished to Patmos. Flavis, the daughter of a Roman senator, was likewise banished to Pontus; and a law was made, “That no Christian, once brought before the tribunal, should be exempted from punishment without renouncing his religion.””
“Timothy was the celebrated disciple of St. Paul, and bishop of Ephesus, where he zealously governed the Church until A.D. 97. At this period, as the pagans were about to celebrate a feast called Catagogion, Timothy, meeting the procession, severely reproved them for their ridiculous idolatry, which so exasperated the people that they fell upon him with their clubs, and beat him in so dreadful a manner that he expired of the bruises two days after.”


Take Jesus seriously

What Jesus says is in the face of having lots of people follow Him. Jesus doesn’t just want lots of people following Him, He wants people who are willing to be disciples.
I think we need to be careful when we talk about Jesus to others.  Sometimes our hearts are so concerned that this person is saved, that we can tend to water down the gospel and sugar coat it instead clarifying what a person is choosing to do.

:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it

:28 intending to build a tower

intending thelo – to will, have in mind, intend; to be resolved or determined, to purpose; to desire, to wish

towerpurgos – a tower; a fortified structure rising to a considerable height, to repel a hostile attack or to enable a watchman to see in every direction

Jesus is now going to give an example of what the commitment of discipleship is all about by comparing it to someone who is deciding whether or not to start a building project.

:28 sit down first and count the cost

sit downkathizo – to make to sit down; to sit down

countpsephizo – to count with pebbles, to compute, calculate, reckon; to give one’s vote by casting a pebble into the urn; to decide by voting

the costdapane – expense, cost

to finishapartismos – completion

Following Jesus successfully requires that you examine what the cost will be to follow Him, and be willing to do whatever it takes.

Some of us struggle with following Jesus because we are unwilling to love Jesus more than our “selves” and our own comfort.
I am more concerned about making sure my own “needs” are met and then I will give Jesus just a bit of the leftovers.

:29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,

is not ableischuo – to be strong; to be strong in body, to be robust, to be in sound health; to have power; to be able, can

to finishekteleo – to finish, complete

:30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

:29 all who see it begin to mock him

who see theoreo – to be a spectator, look at, behold; to view attentively, take a view of, survey; to see

to mock empaizo – to play with, trifle with; to mock; from paizo – to play like a child; to play, sport, jest; to give way to hilarity, esp. by joking singing, dancing


People are watching

There are people that are observing you, knowing that you are a Christian.  They are watching to see if it’s just “another phase” you’re going through.

:30 was not able to finish

It’s a sad thing to see a building project that has started but sits unfinished.

This kind of thing will happen when the things discussed in verses 26 & 27 aren’t followed. (“Jesus first”, “Enduring pain”)

When you aren’t willing to love Jesus more than any other person or your own life, you will find that you will run out of resources and want to quit.

Every once in a while, I hear someone say, “Well I tried that Christian thing, and it didn’t work for me.”

This is the person who was “not able to finish”.
This is the person who did not do what Jesus asked, and be willing to make Him first in their life.

:31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?

to makesumballo – to throw together, to bring together; to bring together in one’s mind, confer with one’s self; to encounter in a hostile sense; to fight with one

warpolemos – a war; a fight, a battle; a dispute, strife, quarrel

:31 sit down first and consider

Just like the builder, the king also “sits down” and makes his calculations before he makes his declaration of war.

sit downkathizo – to make to sit down; to sit down

In both of Jesus’ examples, the person making the decision “sits down” and considers what he is about to do.
It is a wise thing to stop and slow down before you make big decisions.

consider bouleuo – to deliberate with one’s self, consider; to take counsel, resolve

This is what President Bush did before invading Afghanistan and Iraq – remember him meeting with his advisors and representatives of other coalition governments?

:32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.

a great way offporrho – far, at a distance, a great way off

delegationpresbeia – age, dignity, right of the first-born; the business normally entrusted to elders, spec. the office of an ambassador, an embassy

sendsapostello – to order (one) to go to a place appointed; to send away, dismiss

askserotao – to question; to ask; to request, entreat, beg, beseech

:31 whether he is able with ten thousand

is abledunatos – able, powerful, mighty, strong

to meetapantao – to go to meet, to meet; in a military sense: a hostile meeting

I like the idea that a king is considering whether or not to face an enemy twice his size.

I think there are going to be times when God would want us to make choices and take steps that are way beyond our abilities.

Yet only after sitting down and considering what’s up ahead.

:32 he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace

A wise king will be willing to sacrifice his vision of battle victory if it means saving his kingdom.

Following Jesus requires learning to sacrifice our hopes and desires for the sake of His kingdom.

:33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

forsakeapotassomai – to set apart, separate; to separate one’s self, withdraw one’s self from anyone; to take leave of, bid farewell to; to renounce, forsake

that he hashuparchonta – possessions, goods, wealth, property

cannotdunamai – to be able, have power whether by virtue of one’s own ability and resources, or of a state of mind, or through favourable circumstances, or by permission of law or custom; to be able to do something; to be capable, strong and powerful

:33 So likewise

Go back to vs. 26-27.

The person who is unwilling to make Jesus a priority over his loved ones or who is unwilling to bear the pain of the cross, is the one who will fail to complete the tower or who will not survive the war ahead.

On the other hand, the person who IS willing to make Jesus first and endure pain is the one who will be effective.

This is what will make you “stand out from the crowd”.

:34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?

:34 if the salt has lost its flavor

Our modern salt is completely pure salt and it does not lose its flavor.

Salt in Jesus’ day was impure, and if it got mixed with too much dirt, it had no flavor at all.

lost its flavormoraino – to be foolish, to act foolishly; to make foolish; to prove a person or a thing foolish; to make flat and tasteless; of salt that has lost its strength and flavour

shall it be seasonedartuo – to prepare, arrange, with respect to food; to season, make savory

(Luke 14:34 NASB)  "Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?

:35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

landge – arable land; the ground, the earth as a standing place; the earth as a whole

the dunghillkopria – dung, manure

fiteuthetos – well placed; fit; useful

:34 Salt is good

goodkalos – beautiful, handsome, excellent, eminent, choice, surpassing, precious, useful, suitable, commendable, admirable

salthalas – salt with which food is seasoned and sacrifices are sprinkled


Effective Disciples

While my cardiologist doesn’t want me to think that any salt is “good”, today we’re going to ignore my doctor.
Salt is a flavor enhancer – it makes things taste good.
As Christians, we ought to make the things of God “taste good”.
Kind of like those videos that some of you keep posting on FaceBook

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You and I ought to be making the Kingdom of God “tasty”.

Salt is a preservative.
The world around us stinks, but as Christians we add a preserving quality in the world.  We are what is keeping the world from totally spoiling.
Salt makes you thirsty
As Christians, we ought to make people thirsty for the things of God, thirsty for the Living Water.
Howard Hendricks writes,

I dare you to eat one pretzel. All I have to do is to pick up one of those things, and I’m hooked. The salt in that pretzel creates a desire for more.

He goes on to write,

A number of years ago, when I was a student at the seminary, I was invited to preach in west Texas. You’ve all heard of Nowhere? Well, this was twenty-five miles beyond that. The teeming crowds were gathering—all seventeen of them. (I think it was Rally Day!) I preached with all of the fervor and passion of my heart. When I got through, this tall Texan came up and said, “You were wrong.”

“Well, sir,” I said, “I’ve been wrong on many occasions. Give me the information.”

He said, “In your sermon you made a moronic statement. You said you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. And that ain’t true, cause you can feed him salt.”

-- Howard Hendricks, "Beyond the Bottom Line," Preaching Today, Tape No. 101.

Keep in mind our context of what it takes to be a disciple.
If we are to be useful salt in this world, it will never come unless Jesus is first in our life and you are willing to endure the pain.

If you want those you know to taste and see that God is good, Jesus must be first in your life.

If you want to be a preservative in the world around you, you need to be willing to endure pain.

If you want those around you to become thirsty for Jesus, you need to be an effective disciple.


Successful Discipleship

(Proverbs 24:10 NKJV) If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.
I don’t like this verse.  But it’s true.  When I’m going through difficult times and I faint or want to faint, my strength is small.  Solomon doesn’t tell us how to have more strength, he simply states the fact.
Our success as disciples comes from the nature of our commitment to Jesus.
When I allow my love for other people to grow greater than my love for Jesus, when I become more concerned about what others will think than what Jesus thinks, I’m going to fail.
When I allow myself to be more concerned about my own “feelings” than serving Jesus, I’m going to fail.
The apostle Paul was one of the greatest examples for us to follow. At one point in his ministry, he began to receive warnings through the prophets that he was going to be arrested in Jerusalem. Many people told him that he shouldn’t go to Jerusalem, but Paul knew that Jesus wanted him to go. Paul said,
(Acts 20:22–24 NKJV) —22 And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

For Paul, his “cross” at that moment was the bonds and afflictions that were ahead. Yet knowing these things were ahead did not stop him from doing his ministry.  These things did not “move” him.  Paul had the strength to keep going because his commitment stayed strong.

Wild eyed fanatics –

Towards the end of World War II, the Japanese began a desperate attempt to stop the United States Navy.

Kamikaze is the Japanese word for “divine wind.” And divine the wind was in 1281 -- never was a typhoon more God-sent, if one were Japanese. The typhoon crushed the invasion fleet mounted by the ambitious Mongol emperor Kublai Khan (Marco Poli Kublai) in the wake of his conquest of China’s Sung dynasty. To take the wind out of the sails of the United States naval juggernaut, the retreating Japanese organized their own kamikaze — a suicide air force. Navy pilots slammed their bomb-laden planes—and themselves—into American ships in the Pacific. Twelve hundred pilots killed themselves taking out thirty four U.S. ships. (Beyond Trivia)


We now know another taste of what men can do who are willing to give up their lives for their cause.  Nineteen terrorists were willing to spend years training and burrowing into America.  They were willing to give up their lives for their cause as they hijacked and flew the commercial airliners into their targets.  I’ve heard numerous people on TV comment that the fact that these men are willing to die for their cause makes it so much more difficult to stop them.

It is incredibly sad that these men were willing to die for a cause that is based on hate.

Jesus desires that we be willing to die for a cause that is based on love.