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Jesus Is Worthy

And you have got to know the context of what we’re about to read, verse 51 says, Luke tells us, that Jesus “set his face to go to Jerusalem” (). And you could underline that in your Bible as kind of a key shift in the whole book of Luke because what’s waiting for Jesus in Jerusalem is a cross, and Luke is telling us that Jesus is headed to the cross, and so everything we read from on really needs to be read in light of the fact that Jesus is headed to the cross.
David Platt Sermon Archive Jesus Is Worthy of … (Luke 9)

And so, with that in mind, I want you to pick up with me there in verse 57.

And you have got to know the context of what we’re about to read, verse 51 says, Luke tells us, that Jesus “resolutely set out for Jerusalem” (). And you could underline that in your Bible as kind of a key shift in the whole book of Luke because what’s waiting for Jesus in Jerusalem is a cross, and Luke is telling us that Jesus is headed to the cross, and so everything we read from on really needs to be read in light of the fact that Jesus is headed to the cross.
With this in mind, lets begin with verse 57
Luke 9:57–62 ESV
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
David Platt Sermon Archive Jesus Is Worthy of … (Luke 9)

I want you to see three characteristics of Christ, and I want us to do something a little different. I want us to see Christ revealed in this passage. Then I want to share some testimony from my own life recently that I think, hopefully, will help us understand exactly what this passage is telling us.

Jesus Is Worthy of all of our Trust

Number one, I want you to see that Christ, that Jesus is worthy of all of our trust. This first guy comes up to Jesus and says, “I’ll follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus says, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). That’s a pretty incredible statement. The hopes of the world resting on the shoulders of a homeless man at this point; this is pretty encouraging, being from New Orleans.

I can almost picture Jesus taking this guy to the side, all of these crowds flocking around Jesus, this man eager to follow Him. And let’s be honest, this does not seem to be Jesus doing what we would expect Him to do. He almost seems to be talking this guy out of following Him. I can picture Jesus kind of pulling this guy to the side, putting His arm around him, and said, “I want you to look down this road I’m on. I want you to look past all those people waving palm branches and singing my praises. Look past that intimate meal with my closest friends, the disciples. Look past that woman who’s anointing my fee with expensive oil. Look past all that, and you’re going to see a cross. And by the way, there are no Inns on the way.”

Jesus is telling this guy that if he follows Him, he has no guarantee of shelter over his head, no guarantee of food, no guarantee of anything regarding the basic necessities of life. If he follows Jesus, all he’s got is Jesus. Jesus is worthy of all of our trust.

I want you to see three characteristics of Christ, and I want us to do something a little different. I want us to see Christ revealed in this passage.
David Platt Sermon Archive Jesus Is Worthy of … (Luke 9)

I want you to see three characteristics of Christ, and I want us to do something a little different. I want us to see Christ revealed in this passage. Then I want to share some testimony from my own life recently that I think, hopefully, will help us understand exactly what this passage is telling us.

Jesus Is Worthy of all of our Trust

Number one, I want you to see that Christ, that Jesus is worthy of all of our trust. This first guy comes up to Jesus and says, “I’ll follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus says, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). That’s a pretty incredible statement. The hopes of the world resting on the shoulders of a homeless man at this point; this is pretty encouraging, being from New Orleans.

I can almost picture Jesus taking this guy to the side, all of these crowds flocking around Jesus, this man eager to follow Him. And let’s be honest, this does not seem to be Jesus doing what we would expect Him to do. He almost seems to be talking this guy out of following Him. I can picture Jesus kind of pulling this guy to the side, putting His arm around him, and said, “I want you to look down this road I’m on. I want you to look past all those people waving palm branches and singing my praises. Look past that intimate meal with my closest friends, the disciples. Look past that woman who’s anointing my fee with expensive oil. Look past all that, and you’re going to see a cross. And by the way, there are no Inns on the way.”

Jesus is telling this guy that if he follows Him, he has no guarantee of shelter over his head, no guarantee of food, no guarantee of anything regarding the basic necessities of life. If he follows Jesus, all he’s got is Jesus. Jesus is worthy of all of our trust.

First, Jesus Is Worthy of all our Trust
I want you to see three characteristics of Christ, and I want us to do something a little different. I want us to see Christ revealed in this passage. Then I want to share some testimony from my own life recently that I think, hopefully, will help us understand exactly what this passage is telling us.
Luke 9:57–58 ESV
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
Luke 9:
This first guy comes up to Jesus and says, “I’ll follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus says, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head” (). That’s a pretty incredible statement. The hopes of the world resting on the shoulders of a homeless man at this point.
This first guy comes up to Jesus and says, “I’ll follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus says, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head” (). That’s a pretty incredible statement. The hopes of the world resting on the shoulders of a homeless man at this point.
David Platt Sermon Archive Jesus Is Worthy of All of Our Trust

Number one, I want you to see that Christ, that Jesus is worthy of all of our trust. This first guy comes up to Jesus and says, “I’ll follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus says, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). That’s a pretty incredible statement. The hopes of the world resting on the shoulders of a homeless man at this point; this is pretty encouraging, being from New Orleans.

David Platt Sermon Archive Jesus Is Worthy of All of Our Trust

Jesus Is Worthy of all of our Trust

Number one, I want you to see that Christ, that Jesus is worthy of all of our trust. This first guy comes up to Jesus and says, “I’ll follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus says, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). That’s a pretty incredible statement. The hopes of the world resting on the shoulders of a homeless man at this point; this is pretty encouraging, being from New Orleans.

I can see Jesus pulling this guy to the side, putting His arm around him, and said, “I want you to look down this road I’m on. I want you to look past all those people waving palm branches and sing my praises. Look past that intimate meal with my closest friends. Look past that woman who’s anointing my feet with expensive oil. Look past all that, and you’re going to see a cross. And by the way, there are no Inns on the way.”
Jesus is telling this guy that if he follows Him, he has no guarantee of shelter over his head, no guarantee of food, no guarantee of anything regarding the basic necessities of life. If he follows Jesus, all he’s got is Jesus. Jesus is worthy of all of our trust.
Number one, I want you to see that Christ, that Jesus is worthy of all of our trust. This first guy comes up to Jesus and says, “I’ll follow you wherever you go.”
David Platt Sermon Archive Jesus Is Worthy of All of Our Trust

And Jesus says, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). That’s a pretty incredible statement.

David Platt Sermon Archive Jesus Is Worthy of All of Our Trust

I can almost picture Jesus taking this guy to the side, all of these crowds flocking around Jesus, this man eager to follow Him. And let’s be honest, this does not seem to be Jesus doing what we would expect Him to do. He almost seems to be talking this guy out of following Him. I can picture Jesus kind of pulling this guy to the side, putting His arm around him, and said, “I want you to look down this road I’m on. I want you to look past all those people waving palm branches and singing my praises. Look past that intimate meal with my closest friends, the disciples. Look past that woman who’s anointing my fee with expensive oil. Look past all that, and you’re going to see a cross. And by the way, there are no Inns on the way.”

Jesus is telling this guy that if he follows Him, he has no guarantee of shelter over his head, no guarantee of food, no guarantee of anything regarding the basic necessities of life. If he follows Jesus, all he’s got is Jesus. Jesus is worthy of all of our trust.

How much do you trust Jesus when your life is not what you feel it should be?
When you lose things in your life, do you still trust Jesus to hold your life?
When all you can see is a cross for your life, do you trust Jesus?
Jesus Is Worthy of all our Trust no matter what.
Second, Jesus Is Worthy of all of our Plans and Dreams
Luke 9:59–60 ESV
59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Luke 9:
Jesus initiates the conversation, says, “Follow me.” And this guy says, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father”.(). “And then I’ll come and follow you.”
Jesus initiates the conversation, says, “Follow me.” And this guy says, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father”.(). “And then I’ll come and follow you.”
Now scholars who study this passage more than I have debate whether or not this guy’s father had died yet or not.
Some believe that his father was about to die. So he wanted to go back, spend the last few days with his dad, and give him a proper burial. It was the highest religious obligation that a son would give his father a proper burial.
Some people believe his dad had just died, and he wanted to go back, give his father a proper burial, and then he would come and follow Jesus.
Jesus says these words, and they seem bold and brash. I think what Jesus is saying is that there is a responsibility, an obligation that supercedes every other responsibility and obligation in life. That obligation is for you and me to go and proclaim the Kingdom of God. That is more important then anything else.
Share my experience from Montana with my grandmother.
Jesus is worthy of all your plans and dreams.
Third, Jesus Is Worthy of all of our Affections
Luke 9:
Luke 9:61–62 ESV
61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Last guys says, let me go home and say goodbye to my family, then I’ll follow. Then Jesus, makes a bold statement. “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus knows that if this guy goes back to his family, one of two things, will happen.
That once he gets back, tells his family, “Hey, I’m packing my bags and moving. I don’t know when I’ll be back, or where I’m even going, but I’m going to follow Jesus.
There is a good chance his family would talk him out of it. Do you think this is a wise decision? Do you think it’s a safe decision? Do you think this is a good financial decision? What about your marriage, your kids?
Share my experience when I told my dad that I was going into the ministry, told him I was going to Russia for a few weeks.
Second thing that could happen is the guy gets back to his family, those that mean the world to him, the comfort zone he has. He could think, I don’t have to go, I can stay here and follow Jesus.
Jesus says, “I am worthy of all your affections. I am more important than any other love in your entire life. All of your affections belongs to me.
Maybe God has not called you to give up in this way. Maybe He never will.
But what is God’s will for your life?
I believe it centers around making disciples of all nations. .
Telling people about Christ and teaching them to follow Christ.
You give yourself to making disciple of all nations, you will be in God’s will.
Give yourself to telling people about Christ in our workplace, our school, our community, in our homes.
Leave with these questions
Does the King have your heart?
Does the King have your affection?
Does the King have your life?
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