48 The One who is the Messiah

Luke 9:57-62
Deuteronomy 6:4-9

‡T What the Lord wants?

@"And as they were going the road, someone said to Him, 'I will follow You wherever You go.'. And Jesus said to him, 'The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.'". (57-58) According to Matthew, this article is the event after Sermon on the Mount (8:18-22), but, it seems that Jesus has asked about the nature of disciples when disciples have begun to increase one after another, but, when we look from contents, it seems Luke who decided this is the place that they have begun to walk towards Jerusalem is victor. It is thought that he took a look at the Gospel of Matthew, but also he obtained the different document and finished writing this article with an intention different from Matthew by adopting such documents. I want to investigate that intention.

@Of people of three coming up here, this is the first one. "One person" (Matthew) who came over to Jesus said. According to Matthew, this person is thought to have been an apprenticeship applicant in Sopher. He said, "I will follow You, wherever You go.". Great eagerness is felt in him, but, it is heard like the human (religious) eagerness somehow. I remember about myself, I had also such an eagerness soon after I have become a Christian; but, such an eagerness disappears immediately, don't you? Such eagerness and noise, it seems those are not yet genuine. About this, some person says "He was going to get security of the life by having relations with Jesus"; but, probably he felt difference in status as the Sopher to Jesus and it would be apprenticeship for that purpose (though Jesus was not Sopher), I image it so. Why Matthew brought this article early in Galilee missionary work? It is thought because there was an article of this Sopher.

@Jesus answered him. "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has not nowhere to lay His head." But, in fact, Jesus had "a place to lay His head". It would be where He was with Father of abba (cf. Proverbs 8:22-31). However, Jesus throw away the place to rest, and came to us inside of human being. It was to walk the thorny way called the cross which expiated our crime with. Jesus was not looking for a place living in peace to avoid a thorny way. It was only disciples who walked the way to a cross with himself that Jesus was demanded truly. However, the disciples were in a frantic fight for top, "Who will become the top in the country of God?". "But the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head", it would be in this sense, I think; and I want to share such Luke's thought superimposing it on a then church. Sorrow of Jesus comes.

‡U To be a person living with the Lord

@It is the case of the second disciple. It seems to be gradually obvious what Jesus wants from disciples from this case. "Follow Me." "Permit me first to go and bury my father." "Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God." (59-60)@Though, this is my impression after I read here many times again; would be this person an old-timer among disciples?, I think. His behavior that gave a good example to young disciples does not have spirit in some way, and his heart is flying somewhere... "Follow Me.", it was impetus from Jesus who looked at his such state; and he finally opened the heavy mouth. "Permit me first to go and bury my father."; it has been supposed that his father would be old age conventionally, but if we read it obediently, it will be better to think that his father died these days or would be in critical condition, I think. While following Jesus who has begun to walk towards Jerusalem now, this would be last dutiful to his parents, he thought and decided it; this would be his brave proposal and determination, I think. From here, his determination to want to maintain Jesus would be seen.

@However, Jesus said. "Allow the dead to bury their own dead." (60)@"The dead", it is thought it is the meaning called people fixed for death. In fact, he was also such one, too. However, he chose the way to death with Jesus. And it is he lives with Jesus. I wrote it in the beginning which is called departure to Jerusalem; the consciousness of Luke, "when the days were approaching for His ascension" (51), is also connected here. When he was said "but, as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God", he has known the real meaning of following Jesus again at here, I think. Because, we are able to share the way living with Jesus together with other people when we convey a country of God (the Gospel).

‡V The One who is the Messiah

@"I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home." (61)@It seems other disciples (or a sympathizer of Jesus) would increase as well as 12 apostles to go to Jerusalem; and this third person was one of such people. Possibly, when Jesus said "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood ... shall live because of Me.", some disciples departed from Him (John Chapter 6); but, when they heard Jesus returned from Caesarea Philippi some of them returned to Him; he might be one of them. He heard the saying of former two people and would think. I do not think this and that. I believe Jesus, and following him is simple. Surely Jesus would understand me, if I express the determination definitely that "I follow You". Probably, it is right. However, he applied for temporary return, from his simple clear character, just willingly. He thought it was not a great thing to drop in at the house a little. He would be extremely down-to-earth. It is the place to be able to put the word of has for only meh, before the word "I will follow You".This part is an article only of Luke, but there are people who regard this as the hash-up of the article of the disciple who lost father before; however, probably it will not be so. He was the person who came into contact with Jesus in the times of Jesus, but would be the youth who represented the foreigner society of the Luke's times. I imagine it, but would have increased such a modernistic lighthearted people in the then church?

@However from such his casual wishing, the nature of people who was called the messenger of the Gospel was considered to be a problem. "No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." (62) This "No one", it would be because such people were many. While saying that they follow Jesus, but they keep a part of themselves carefully somewhere; and they do not do the first it (serve for the Gospel). Jesus would make it a problem. God demands to do the first Him thoroughly. It is said "You shall have no other gods before Me." (Exodus 20:3) in the first of the law (Moses' Ten Commandments). "After putting his hand to the plow"; it would say a propagation of the Gospel, but, may I say in other words, "after I believed Jesus"?, I think. The people who believed Jesus are called the person who acquired citizenship of heaven (Philippi 3:20) and recognized by God as a member of the country of God. If he has a heart for a matter before believing Jesus without thinking about it, he does not deserve to be a person of faith; will this be a warning? No, Jesus wants you to become a person deserving Jesus, and to turn your glance to the Lord. It is the meaning of an article included in the conversation with these three disciples. Luke would be looking at ahead of that glance, the Messiah of the cross.