The next conversation involves Jesus asking someone to become a disciple. While part of the call is enticing, the man is torn. He has to deal with the passing of his father and it takes priority over becoming a disciple.

In words that remind me of Ezekiel’s response to the death of his wife, Jesus speaks with shock value of a true prophet.

Luke 9:
 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

Jesus is not preaching against funeral customs or the stages of grief. We find him present with death on more than one occasion. But, he is speaking to the one who is not ready to commit. Today, it might be your father’s funeral but tomorrow will be another person needing your commitment. If you are to be a follower of Jesus, the call supersedes what other people expect of you.

Your life will sometimes put you at odds with the spiritual death and societal expectations of conformity. Like a prophet who lives provocatively in a dying culture, you will be about the business of eternal life. Your message as a Jesus follower will be good news of resurrection and new life.