Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
– Mark 2:5-7 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
The ancient audience that heard this account probably received it with shock. Wealth was transfer primarily through inheritance; identity was seen through the lens of families, not individuals. Family was vital their day. So when Jesus told these disciples to have a greater allegiance to Him than their families, it would challenge one of the greatest institutions of the ancient world, yet Jesus makes no apologies. Jesus calls us to forsake everything to follow after him.