MUSINGS – January 27, 2019


Matthew 8:18-22
Now, when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he ordered his disciples to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. A scribe came to him and said, “Teacher, I’ll follow you wherever you go.” Jesus told him, “Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to sleep.” Another disciple said to him, “Sir, first let me go to bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

We read so much about the 12 disciples following Jesus that we may forget that they were but the inner circle of his many followers. The gospels record that great crowds followed Jesus. And we know from Luke 10 that at least 70 were called disciples.

Amongst all of those crowds, we have this narrative where two come and pledge to follow Jesus. Jesus warned one of some of the cost of following him, “the Son of Man has nowhere to sleep”. To the other he demonstrated that, to be Jesus’s follower, he must be the most important thing in their life, “let the dead bury their own dead.”

The rest of the story is left unrecorded. Did they continue to follow Jesus? Or did they turn away because they could not accept him as the master of their life?

Today many claim Jesus as their savior. That’s the easy part because that is his gift to them (us). But I often wonder, how many have accepted Jesus as Lord? How many accept that he is more important than their family, friends, jobs, possessions, comfort, and life? The only thing he requires of us is “everything”. That is what it means to give our life to Christ. That is what it means to call him Lord. Is he your Lord and Savior?

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