18Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 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.” Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:18-22 (ESV)
Today I have been looking at this passage in depth. As a result of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and a series of miracles that followed, Jesus had an enormous following. Instead of embracing what many of us would have viewed as success, His words seemed to be aimed at weeding out some of the crowd. He seemed to know that many of them were not sincerely committed.
He then did something very unusual–He prepared his main disciples to leave the crowd behind by sailing across the Sea of Galilee. Most “preachers” would stay with the crowd, but Jesus’ desire was simply to do the will of His Heavenly Father. He did not let the crowd set His agenda.
What do you think about His statements in this passage? What do you think He is saying about the cost of following Jesus?