There is a lot of content in this passage of scripture, so today I want to really focus in on something that becomes personal for me. Verses 1-6 I believe will resonates with almost, if not all, believers. I say this because we get a glimpse into what it was like for Jesus to go home and minister to those who knew Him and his family.
We all have families of our own, as well as people in our lives who know us very well, and more often than not those people are the hardest for us to share our faith with. We have a much easier time talking to a stranger about what we believe than we do talking to a life-long friend or family member who does not know Jesus. This is personal for me, because many of my family members do not know Jesus and it has always been hard for me to share with them. However, this passage encourages me for a couple reasons, and I hope that it will encourage you as well.
1. Jesus struggled and dealt with this reality (v. 4-5)
It is clear that Jesus doesn’t even feel very welcome in his home town. Sometimes we can feel the same way. This is so encouraging because it makes Jesus that much more relatable. He understands the struggle that we have. He didn’t accomplish the same huge things that he did out with strangers.
2. He faithful, but knew when to continue on (v. 5-6)
This one is a little bit difficult to swallow. Jesus healed a few and was blown away by people’s unbelief, and yet He continued to try. We give up way too quickly sometimes, and other times we try too hard to make things happen instead of continuing with what God has for us. Jesus did what God called him to do and He continued moving where God called Him to. Sometimes we want so badly for a change to happen that we stay in one place too long hoping that we can change someone. Yet God sometimes wants us to move on knowing that we planted a seed and we have faith that He will continue working there, so that we can accomplish what He wants somewhere else.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate