A few comments on Matthew 8:18-20
“Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go”: After witnessing the miracles of Jesus, many folks thought following Him might be more “glamorous” than it really was. I imagine that Jesus may have received many spontaneous offers like this. We, too, tend to buy in to the prosperity gospel mentality that following Jesus will be easy and make us rich.
But Jesus replies, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head”: Jesus didn’t tell the man “No, you can’t follow Me.” But He told him the truth, how following Him would be in reality, without painting a glamorized version of what it like to follow Him. This is exactly the opposite of what many evangelists today are saying, but Jesus wanted the man to know what it would really be like. Today you will hear messages like these:
- “children of the King, we should live like kings”
- “God doesn’t want you to be poor, if you just have enough faith, you’d have everything you want”
- “riches are a sign of God’s blessing”.
But in today’s passage, we hear Jesus Himself saying that He is homeless! He doesn’t even have a bed to sleep on. Don’t believe the prosperity preachers; believe Jesus, follow Jesus and know that HE is enough when life is hard.