Scripture Reading: Genesis 19:1-20:18 / Matthew 7:24-8:22 / Psalm 7:1-9
Experts tell us that a good mattress and a proper pillow are important in getting a good nights sleep…just ask Goldilocks! Of course Goldilocks just happened to come upon the home of The Three Bears and helped herself to some porridge, an easy chair and a comfortable bed. She laid down her head, fell asleep and was awakened by the surprised papa bear, mama bear and baby bear.
As a young boy, I always wondered why Goldilocks went into the house of The Three Bears…. didn’t she have a home? Then I read in my Bible, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20) Jesus didn’t have a home, a bed or a pillow!
During His earthly ministry, Jesus traveled preaching/teaching and did not know where He would rest. Jesus said that He did not have a “place to lay his head”. Scripture places great significance on “the head” as it symbolizes authority, rule and power. Christ is called “The Head of The Church”. A part of our spiritual armor is the “helmet of salvation” which protects our head. To wound an enemy’s head was to show his utter defeat and to cut off their head was the ultimate disgrace.
Jesus did not have anywhere to lay His head but Mary and Joseph laid His head in a manger. Even then, He made it all possible as He laid down His “head” of heaven’s authority and laid it in the world of humanity. Jesus left all to follow after the frailty of man when He laid down His head and will to His Heavenly Father.
Christ wept over unrepentive Jerusalem as they rejected His gospel. Jesus was attacked relentlessly by satan in the wilderness and faced great opposition throughout His life. Man schemed to frame Him and take His very life. Jesus battled His own will and laid it down for the Father’s plan. Jesus repeatedly laid down his head for humanity and ultimately laid it down upon a cross.
He humbled Himself as they placed a crown of thorns upon His head, mocking and ridiculing Him as the king of the Jews. He surrendered His will and laid His head upon a cross as they drove nails into His hands and feet. Blood flowed down His head from the crown of thorns. Men stood before Him and wagged their heads in unbelief and scorn…”He saved others, let Him save Himself.” They placed a sign above His head, “This is Jesus, King of the Jews.”
He laid His head down for the sin of mankind and He who knew no sin became sin for us. Finally He declared, “It is finished!”, bowed His head and died. At birth, Mary and Joseph laid Christ’s head in a manger and at His death Joseph of Arimathea laid His head in a tomb. Jesus did not stay in the manger and He certainly did not remain in the tomb! He rose again so we could live. Jesus laid down His head…so we might rest in the power of His love, grace and mercy!