Matthew 8:20 says this, “”And Jesus *said to him, ‘The foxes have holes and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.'”
If you remember yesterday, we had this scribe that said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Now Jesus responds, but not with direct encouragement or discouragement. Instead, He presents a truth about Himself using nature as an illustration. Even wild animals can claim a home, somewhere, but Jesus’ ministry means He has no such home. This response suggests Christ knew the ultimate motivation of this man’s statement (John 2:24–25). Jesus was warning the man about just one of the many difficulties that would come with following Him. It would be a permanent road trip.
The implied statement Jesus makes here is something like “this is not going to make you rich and famous, nor is it going to be easy.” Would the scribe really follow Jesus everywhere once he saw how tough that journey could be? The lack of response or further information about this man suggests that he would not and did not.
Jesus refers to Himself as a the “Son of Man.” The name suggests that Jesus is the greatest of all human sons. It likely comes from the prophecy in Daniel 7:13 about the Christ:
“Behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”
So we have this statement from Jesus. A foreshadowing for all of us about our life and our walk with Christ. Basically He’s saying…..”Get ready, ’cause it ain’t gonna be easy!”
Father, give us the boldness to continue to move closer and closer to You and to let our walk be more and more full of trust and faith in You. Amen.