The Cost of Discipleship

And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. 19 Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”

20 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.”

21 Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” ~ Matthew 8:18-22.

Jesus’ responses to a scribe and then to a disciple reveal that following Him must come before where we prefer to live and what our family wants us to do. (There is no suggestion that the disciple’s father is actually dying at the time when his son wants to delay following Christ until after his burial.)


The two events (verses 18-22) show the radical commitment Jesus demands of disciples. Those who identify with Jesus will be “sojourners and exiles” in the world (1 Peter 2:11). Honoring one’s parents by providing a proper burial was a strict obligation in Jewish society, but 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.

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