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A Homeless Savior - Matthew 8:20

Matthew 8:20 [NIV]
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
A Homeless Savior
I do not know the last time I heard someone actually teach or preach on this particular verse.  I really do not think that we like to think of our Savior as having no place to lay his head.  We do not want to think of Jesus lacking anything for that matter.  We overwhelmingly celebrate that God can supply all of our needs according to his riches in glory; thus, it is no surprise that we conveniently ignore this statement that is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.  For Jesus is supposed to be our everything; but He cannot be homeless, too.
If Jesus is the epitome of truth, then why would Jesus say something like this?  Now before you go deep on me.  Let us just look at this verse as it is –nothing more, nothing less.  In this verse Jesus admits that animals have a place to reside but he does not.  I know you could read this in any number of ways but answer this question - What does it mean for our Lord to admit that during his ministry on earth, he was homeless? How does this jive with your theology? This is the same Jesus who turned water into wine and fed 5000 and made the lame to walk and the blind to see and the deaf to hear and after all that ministry, he had nowhere to go. 
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
I know that in the Gospels we read a few places where Jesus was invited to rest in the homes of others but not one time do I recall Jesus extending the same invitation – except, of course, to rest IN Him. At the same time, this verse gives us a clue why, perhaps, he did not.  I know we like to run to glory, thinking  about the mansions and the streets of gold.  I know we like to skim over this verse that hints at the dark side of ministry.  I know we like to emphasize that he thought it not robbery to leave his unimaginable majesty to walk around in sandals to bless those who would despise and reject him.  But is it selfish of us to gloss over the homelessness of the Savior and focus on what he can do for us now and in the great beyond?  Whether you think it is or is not selfish to do so, I do think that it is important for us to consider the ways we find our Savior homeless today. 
Before you rush to your mansion in the sky or your modest home here on earth, in what ways have we kept the Savior in the streets? In what ways have our policies prevented Jesus from having a place to lay his head or even a seat to worship in our fine sanctuaries?  My friends, perhaps a better question is this– As you reflect on your relationship with the Holy One, is your heart a place where the Savior can find rest? OR is the Savior still homeless?
This is a question that only you can answer. You know what your personal priorities are.  You know what your goals and dreams are.  AND you know if any of what you aspire to accomplish includes a place for Jesus. There really is no other way to put it. This might even explain why there are homeless men, women, boys, and girls today.  He said it himself and I think it holds true - 
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
And while I acknowledge that there are many individuals around the world who have not yet invited the Savior to rest and to reign in their hearts, I am even more disheartened by the number of churches who are open in the name of the One whom they are pleased to keep out.  Yes, there are churches where you just may not find Jesus because he is homeless when it comes to their worship, their service, their practices, their traditions, their attitudes, their positions, their committees, their music and even their sermons.  AND the saddest part is that many of them do not even know that Jesus is homeless.  My sistas and brothas, think for a minute on this - Would Jesus find a home in your church? 
Again, I know we do not like to think about the truth of this statement but it remains to be, even today –
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
BlogFam, I pray that today we would all open our hearts and our churches to the homeless Savior.  I know you may not think he is homeless, but just check and make sure that in your heart, He does abide.  Peace.
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