Each day I will be posting from the daily Bible Reading plan we will be doing at West Side. On weekdays we will be going through the New Testament. On the weekends we will read passages from the Old Testament books of Psalms and Proverbs. We invite you to join along.
This past week I was asked following my sermon what Jesus meant when he said “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” My belief is that whenever Jesus made a statement like this he was talking about priorities. I do not believe he wants us to neglect our families, and neglect the hurt of others but he wants our priorities in check. Our priorities should be as follows: God, spouse, children, Family, work, and then everything else. When Jesus made this comment he wanted the lost to worry about burying the dead. (We will have some insights on this when we get to this passage on July 1st)
Having said all of that, Jesus knows what its like to mourn. Today’s reading (Matthew 14) shows us that. Jesus has just learned that his cousin and friend was killed at the hands of Herod the tetrarch. When Jesus hears the news the first thing he does is withdraws to a solitary place. He wanted to be alone. He needed to be alone. He needed that time so that he could mourn. Jesus knows exactly what we go through each and every day. We have a savior who knows and understands what life on earth is like; especially life on earth that has been affected by sin. Can any other religion say that?