The Bible verse seems quite cold and shocking to be a quote from Jesus. Let the dead bury their dead? Seems more apropos for a Shakespeare tragedy or an epic “man movie”. But Jesus is quoted as saying this to potential followers. Let’s look at the whole verse in context.
“And he said unto another, ‘Follow me’. But he said, ‘Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father’. Jesus said unto him, ‘Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God’.”
This takes place after Jesus had sent the Apostles out to preach and they returned after displaying the power of God in many mighty miracles, and just after the miraculous feeding of the five thousand, and as Jesus’ popularity began greatly increase.
So there were many who followed after Him, but many who followed simply to be part of the crowd. This is where Jesus makes it perfectly clear that following Him requires true commitment to forsake all else. We should learn from this that our service should not be about social events and activities, or church programs and personalities, or even about family. A true follower of Christ must be willing to walk away from everything for the sake of the Kingdom.
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