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Gospel Meditations are both biblically and theologically intense and complex—they are not for everyone. For those who are beginners in the Faith, these might be difficult to grasp. The discipline of examining Scripture and internalizing it requires some spiritual maturity. So then, if at first the going is rough, keep at it and grow in your understanding of both the Bible and theology, while we ask the Holy Spirit to do a “deep” work in us.

So I invite us all to meditate upon, reflect on, contemplate, and consider afresh the Word and Work of our Triune God. Each Gospel meditation will center on a passage of Scripture, and a method of reflection will be outlined each week. Perhaps early in the morning we may rise up and seek Him, as David did, and rejoice at the wonder and beauty of God our Savior.

Matthew 8:18-22
"The Cost of Following Jesus"

Now when Jesus saw a great crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 And a scribe came up and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." 20 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." 21 Another of the disciples said to him, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." 22 And Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead." (ESV)

1.   Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.

2.   Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.

3.   Say the Lord's Prayer.

4.   Sing or chant the Jesus Prayer

5.   Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.

6.   Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.

7.    Reread it.

8.    From memory, determine the central points.

9.   One way of understanding this passage is to assume that those requesting to be disciples of Jesus did not grasp the cost of being a disciple. But then, who could?

10. Jesus states sharply the contrast between what people of that day might have thought about adhering to a teacher--it would be drastically different. This is full disclosure--Jesus wanted the two people in the passage to be warned ahead of time.

11. Most Christians would say that it is their supreme delight to be a disciple or follower of Jesus, but these also know that it is not without a price to be paid. Christians will find that as Jesus was misunderstood and rejected by family and friends, as well as by enemies, so will they be.

12. In that day, especially for a scribe, being a religious person meant respect, prestige, and often monetary profit.

13. Being a follower of Jesus is a way of life (see John 14:6); in verse 22 Jesus dramatically teaches this central point.

14. Do we know what the two men did? It is not clear from the passage. They may, in fact, have become Christians.

15. Be quiet now and seek God in the secret places.

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Last Update: 2016-09-01 12:11