A Life like His

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25 As Jesus spoke these words to his disciples, how deeply they must have resounded in his own heart. For as they poured forth from his lips, a portrait of his own life came alive, a picture of his own complete sacrifice. Although these words were aimed as his disciples, they were words that were written all over his life story. From the moment his feet touched this earth, Jesus’ purpose would not be to save his life, but to lose Read More

Following Jesus

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 birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Matthew 8:19-20 What an interesting reply Jesus had to this man who declared that he would follow Him wherever He went. Jesus did not say, “Welcome to the team!” or “Great to have you aboard!” Instead, he told the scribe that foxes and birds had homes, but He did not. Interesting. Why did he say that? What was he trying to tell this man? That he shouldn’t follow Him? I think that more likely He simply wanted to confront this well-intentioned man Read More