Being Christian means more than going to church on Sunday.
Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But Jesus answered him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.”
Jesus often used exaggeration to make a point.
This is an example of hyperbole.
Jesus wanted to grab his listeners with this rather blunt and seemingly cold comment.
Responsibility to your family was of utmost importance to Jesus…after all, it is a commandment (“Honor your father and your mother”). So the above scripture is not meant to be taken literally.
What Jesus wanted to make clear was that following him would demand sacrifice…and it would be costly.
He promised that it would get you persecuted.
“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me” (Matthew 5:11).
When you join those who are discarded…when you join those who are deemed sinners…when you hang out with the “wrong” crowd…those in the “in” crowd will look down upon you.
When you stand up for those without power…those with the power will try to get rid of you.
But the payoff for following Jesus…or the way of Jesus…is experiencing a taste of what he called the “kingdom of God.”
Practicing love, mercy, forgiveness, compassion and seeking justice for all…will get you in synergy with the Creative Flow of the Universe.
In the process you will experience deep inner peace and joy…and you will discover your “true self.”
What could be more important that?
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