It Sure Looks Like Him!

"Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my Disciple"

Luke 14:27
Wisdom 9:13-18; Psalm 90:3-6,12-17; Philemon 1:9-10,12-17; Luke 14:25-33

A little girl was leafing through a children’s book of Bible Lessons. When she came to the story of the loaves and fishes, she stopped turning the pages — gazing intently at the illustration of Jesus standing before the great crowd, breaking bread. Seeing the child’s fascination with the picture, her mother explained that this wasn’t the real Jesus, only an artist’s conception of Him. Still staring at the picture, the girl replied, “Well, it sure looks like Him.”

“Blue-Collar Christianity” is the title of a book in which the author gives his version of what Jesus looked like. “Jesus was a Blue-Collar Man,” he says:

“He was a Blue-Collar Man, and He calls
us to be blue-collar people,
real, honest-to-goodness blue-collar people.

Hard at work,
resolving human conflict,
restoring shattered self-esteem,
loving the unlovable
(even when no one is watching)”. -1

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus speaks to a large crowd of followers and would-be followers. “Anyone who…

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