When Jesus was calling his disciples, some of John the Baptist’s followers asked Him, “Teacher, where are you staying?”
“Come and you will see,” Jesus replied.
We read that these disciples went and saw where He was staying and spent the day with Him, however, we don’t read any details of the exact location where Jesus was staying.
We know that Jesus was rejected in Nazareth, his home town. His public ministry began there in the synagogue in Nazareth when he took up the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and read concerning “The Year of the Lord’s Favor” (Isaiah 61:1-2). After his rejection in Nazareth, he went down to Capernaum, another town in Galilee. Jesus continued to travel from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.
At one point, Jesus said, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
It is ironic that the Son of God would have no place to lay his head at night. I believe Jesus wanted to show the people of that day there was a cost to following him. That carries forward to our present age. When you pillow your head tonight, and the cares of the day either fade away or close in around you, consider what your relationship is to this Jesus of the Bible. Do you understand who he was?
Someday Jesus will call for those who are his. He will say “Come and see” (John 1:39).
To others he will say, “I never knew you” (Matthew 7:23).
In Revelation 21, we read of a new heaven and a new earth. We read that the dwelling place of God is with man and he will live with them. Jesus, who had no place to lay his head while on this earth, now resides in the Holy City. Your and my permanent residence will be determined by what we do with this Jesus of the Bible.
David Bilderback is a Greeley resident.