February 13, 2011
1. Matthew 8:19-22=Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
In these verses, Jesus is on the side of the lake which will have the huge storm where Jesus will ask his disciples why they have “such little faith”. He is with his disciples and is ordering them to cross the lake. They are more than willing to follow wherever he goes, however one wants to bury his dead father. The disciples’ dead father could’ve been actually dead or just symbolizing that his father was alive and dead in spirit and faith. Jesus tells the disciple to “let the dead bury their own dead”. What’s costly is the fact that a disciple has to leave his dead father in order to follow Jesus. The disciples obey Jesus and move on to crossing the lake.
2. Luke 14:25-27= Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters-yes even his own life-he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his own cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Jesus, in these verses, is speaking to a crowd that has been following him. He says that to be a disciple of his, you hate to, in a sense, despise everything that you have in your life. I think what he really means is that you have to hate what you have because you should be filled with humbleness and selflessness towards Jesus and feel like you deserve nothing. The big cost here is giving up all of our treasures and people that we love and care for the most to be a disciple of Jesus, and to a lot of people it will almost be impossible. There is no stated reaction from...