Now when Jesus saw a great 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 the 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
This coming Sunday I have the opportunity to guest preach at Restoration Community Church in Raleigh. The topic that I am preaching on is "the cost of following Jesus," from Matthew 8. There is much to be said about this passage and I will unpack much of that on Sunday, but I briefly want to point out a few things.
1. Jesus in his human nature needed breaks from large crowds just like the rest of us.
2. Many of us like the idea of following Jesus more than the reality of following Jesus.
3. Jesus had very few earthly comforts, less than the animals, and had nothing to call his own.
4. The call to follow Jesus rises above every other earthly allegiance or responsibility.
Once I have my full sermon manuscript together then I will most likely post it on here and then be sure to look out for the link the sermon.