Posted: Tuesday, March 20
Verse of the Day:
But I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown. (Luke 4:24)
I often think about how people of fame’s family view them. If you were friends with someone as kids, separated by years, and then see them on the big screen at a movie theater - that’s got to be a weird feeling! Here, you knew them and had a relationship with them before they became this character portrayed before millions. You shared experiences, personal details, fears, and dreams together. Now they are levied to this position of status where the general masses get to know them based on how they are portrayed, but you still feel as if you truly know them.
The is exactly the situation Jesus was placed in. As Jesus was doing ministry and building credibility with the rest of the nation of Israel, those from his hometown didn’t quite see it that way. Not because Jesus had a bad reputation at home, but because he was the kid Jesus they watched grow up! He was the kid that helped his dad Joseph build tables and doors at their homes. They had Jesus over to their house for play dates with their children. This was the same boogery nosed Jesus that had his diaper changed by these people.
So when Jesus comes into town saying that He is the promised Messiah, sent to rescue everyone, you can understand why it was a little hard to believe. Imagine Jesus’ brothers! For years they had the same doubts because they grew up with this guy, shared a bed with him, did everything with him! And now he’s the almighty Messiah!? The only thing that changed a lot of their minds is when Jesus came back to life. There’s no denying that you’re truly special when you see with your own eyes someone die and come back to life.
Here in lies a powerful concept for those who had a history far different from the life they live now. When people know us from the way we used to be, it can be a little difficult for them to understand that we are changed by Christ. Why? Well because I knew you when we were kids and you cannot have changed that much! In order to clearly demonstrate the life changing power that Jesus does in us, we have to show it by the way we live! That was the way Jesus turned the minds of those from his hometown. If you’re feeling discouraged because family or old friends aren’t buying into the truth you’ve discovered through Jesus, please don’t let that bring you down. Jesus went through the same thing, and He literally was the promised Messiah. Continue to live out your faith and when the time is right, your people will understand and know.