Matthew 8:20 – The Homeless King
“Jesus said to him, ‘The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.’” (Matthew 8:20).
Most homeless people have strong feelings of isolation and aloneness. In words and actions, they express a sense that they are somehow less than everyone else, that they are beneath them. So different, so unlovely, so small that not even God can love them. But Jesus clearly stated that he had no home on earth – the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head – not even a foxhole or a bird’s nest. This Scripture is a powerful tool for breaking through to those who, isolated in life due their homelessness, also imagine they are isolated and cut off from God’s mercy, love and compassionate care. Jesus, our merciful and compassionate Savior, not only lived among us and died for us all; he even lived as a man without a home. A wanderer with no place to lay his head. Here is a King from whom no one need feel isolated! Our Lord and King is the King of the Homeless, too. As we serve those who are lonely, defeated, and in despair, may we always remember whose precious people they are, and share the good news of their King.