When Jesus says “Foxes have their holes and birds have their nests but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” He is drawing from Daniel 7 in which the “Son of Man” is “given dominion, glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him.” and that “His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed.”
In Daniel, all of this comes after an explanation of the kingdom of four beasts. The kingdom of the Son of Man is exercised over the kingdom of animals and beasts in Daniel. And yet, Jesus is saying that he is less than the beasts of the field at this point in time. They have homes, the Son of Man does not. He is using Daniel 7 ironically. He does have his kingdom, but it doesn’t come the way you think it comes. It comes in suffering and weakness. Participation in the Son of Man’s kingdom means that you suffer with him before the kingdom comes. At this point, the kingdom hasn’t yet come, and that means that to follow him means difficulty and suffering this side of glory. That’s the cost of discipleship. Will we really follow him wherever he goes?
That passage puzzles me whenever I read it. This was really helpful.