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10/29/2014

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That Cost Thing Again


"Foxes have their holes and birds of the air have their nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head" (Jn.9:58).

Why does the more famous brand of cereal cost more than a seemingly identical generic one, or the popular ibuprofen more than the store brand? How come a Mercedes comes with a much higher price tag than most Chevys? The makers of those more expensive items would like to convince you that their product costs more because it is of a higher quality and therefore, worth more. Today's verse is Jesus' response to a man who said he wanted to "follow you wherever you go..." Jesus' response to others in this section about those who would follow him were: "let the dead bury the dead" and "no one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of the Lord..." He is trying to tell them and us that following Him will not always be easy and should never be taken lightly. When Jesus taught, He never took the approach of making things sound easier than they are. In fact, He often sounded as if He were trying to convince people not to follow Him... When the crowds got really thick, Jesus would say something like this: "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink the blood, you have no life in you" (Jn.6:53). I can just imagine the disciple talking to one another after this saying... "Oh boy... Not the flesh and blood speech again.... Just when we had a good thing going, He brings that up again..." Jesus, of course, was not trying to discourage people from following Him. He just had no interest in casual followers. He still doesn't! We can't get around it... The real thing just costs more... The upside? Jesus is really worth more....

Have a great day.... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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