Throughout the New Testement, Jesus continually makes stunning and shocking statements. He was Bold and cunning, controversal and intriging. And he constantly tested his disciples, something God will do to his comming annointed. Jesus intellect was superb, yet he had a darkside to him. Not a sinful side, but by Dark, I mean brooding and sullen. Somber and often ill-humored, hardly ever laughing, IF he ever Laughed. The Son of Light, humbled and transformed into a body of Flesh, yet his eternal mind was beginning to remember his true roots. And there were times that, because of certain situations, Jesus leaked out his frustrations, and opened the world of readers to " Other things besides the Gospel." Its the other things he said that people miss, or misinterpit.
In Matthews 8:18-22, another one of these many brooding moments of Christ occured. A crowd gather around Jesus, and he was in no mood for the crowd. He wanted some space, because he was in one of his broods. A certain Scribe came up to him and said, " Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." The guy probally meant this, was well intentioned, but he just happen to catch Jesus at the wrong time. Jesus mind was heavenward, thinking about his situation, his past, present and future. But he had to come back down and deal with this offer from this scribe.
Jesus said to him, " The Foxes have holes, the Birds have nest, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his Head." Jesus in the flesh, is the Son of Man, or a product of Man. It was because of Man that Jesus was born into the world of flesh. He was really telling the Scribe;" Why follow me, I don't even have a place to live." Why look to submit to me, I am homeless. Jesus was really home sick for Heaven when he said this. Brooding over not being with his Father, his All in All. If you study Jesus heart, these moments will become more clear to you. He had a serious Love Jones for his Father. Jesus missed his Father dearly. He missed his Glory and the sinlessness of Heaven. Nowhere on earth he rested or stayed was even worthy to be compared to his home in Heaven.
The another disciple comes at him with another request, right after the Scribes outpouring. " Lord permit me to go and bury my Father."
Now understand, under normal circumstances, Jesus would have immediately honored the Scribes request and took him into the group to follow him, and sent the other disciple to go bury his Father. But Jesus was brooding. He was in one of those moods. In these moods, Jesus can be very deadly in his choice of words. He told the disciple to Follow him, and let the Dead bury their own Dead.
I don't care how you " Spiritually discet that statement", let the dead bury their own dead, it was just being hardcore of Christ to tell this man to follow him, instead of going to his Fathers funeral. Just straight up hard man. Not only denying the man the task of burying his Father, but also calling those who were going to bury his Father, dead themselves.
See Jesus mind was not on this earth during these interactions, and often his desire for heaven, distracted what he was thinking here on earth. And there are lessons to learnm from this about Jesus, and learning about Jesus, is learning about Life.
And I want to get into some of these Life lessons. How we can learn from the Brooding Jesus.