And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. Then a certain scribe came 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.”
Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” — Matthew 8:18-22.
Jesus gave command to depart to the other side of the Sea of Galilee when he see a great multitude around Him. He needs to be at another place, preaching the kingdom and doing good.
These two events show the radical commitment Jesus demands of disciples.
One eager disciple, a scribe, wants to follow the Master everywhere. Jesus spells out the cost of discipleship to him by saying that animals and birds have their resting places, but that “the Son of Man” does not have a resting place and hence, no personal comfort is guaranteed!
Another disciple wants to go and bury his dead father first before committing himself to full discipleship. Jesus tell him to follow him and to let those who are left behind to deal with the funeral.
That is the cost of discipleship. Jesus comes first and foremost, even before family and at the cost of personal comfort. Jesus demands a greater allegiance to Himself.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.