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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
61

Large crowds were traveling with him,
and turning he said to them, "If anyone comes to me
and does not hate one's father and mother
and wife and children and brothers and sisters,
and even his own life also,
one cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not bear one's cross and come after me,
cannot be my disciple.

"For which of you intending to build a tower
does not first sit so one may calculate the cost,
whether one has enough for completion?
lest when one has laid a foundation
and is not able to finish
all those seeing will begin to make fun of one, saying,
'This person began to build and was not able to finish.'

"Or what king going to attack another king in war
will not sit so he may decide
whether he is able with ten thousand
to oppose the one with twenty thousand coming upon him?
If not, while he is still far away,
sending an embassy he asks for peace.

"So also everyone of you
who does not give up all one's possessions
cannot be my disciple.

"Which of you having a servant plowing or herding,
when he is coming in from the field
will tell him, 'Come sit down at once,'
but will not tell him, 'Prepare something so I may dine,
and girding yourself serve me until I eat and drink,
and after that you may eat and drink'?
Does he thank the servant
because he did what he was ordered?

"So you also, when you do all that you are ordered to do,
say, 'We are useless servants;
we have done what we ought to do.'
Let the one having ears to hear hear."

61. Advice to Disciples Harmony 61 * Interpretation 61
62. Saving the Lost Harmony 62 * Synthesis 62 * Interpretation 62

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