Journey with Christ

Jesus is rejected at Nazareth (Journey 12)

Jesus is rejected at Nazareth, and people do not believe in His Ministry Work. We read in Luke 4:16-30. Jesus returns to Nazareth and reads from the Book of Isaiah in the Synagogue. Jesus brings out the Scripture that applies to Himself. He reveals their unacceptance of Him as a Prophet. The people become angry and try to kill Jesus.

Commonly, the Book of Moses would be read through in a year, which is what Jesus helped read that day.

Jesus visited Nazareth after returning to Galilee, and went on the Sabbath to join the other Jews in worship to God in the Synagogue. Jesus stood and read something else, which was Isaiah 61:1-2, and then sat down and explained how the passage applied to Him, to which, He is the Messiah who brought God’s Salvation to a world that was oppressed by sin.

This astounded many people, because many previously knew He was the carpenter’s son, but didn’t know He could preach so well. However, before they’d accept Him as the Messiah, they wanted Him to work miracles in Nazareth as He did elsewhere. Jesus refused, however, because He knew they did not believe in Him sincerely, but only wanted to see Him perform something spectacular. He was uninterested in their vain requests.

To add to His responses, He quoted a proverb to show that God’s Messengers are not typically appreciated by those that they live around, but are welcomed elsewhere. He illustrated Elijah was being unpopular in Israel, but was welcomed by a woman in Phoenicia. Elisha was also rejected by the Israelites, but was sought by a soldier in Syria.

When the Israelites rejected the servants of God, He sent His Blessings to other people of diverse countries. Nazareth would be treated the same way, in that God’s Blessings would go elsewhere—even the Gentiles. The people of Nazareth understood Jesus in this instance, and then they burst into anger, which showed what Jesus had said was true of their hearts. They tried to murder Jesus; however, He escaped unharmed.

What can we learn from this?

We learn in this whole process, especially as Christ explains, is that by Christ, sinners may be loosed from guilt—to which, by His Spirit and Grace, corruption may be removed from us. Righteousness would come by Word of the Gospel and bring light, therefore, to those in darkness.

Through the power of His Grace, people would be healed, delivered, freed from bondage, etc. He preached the acceptable year of the Lord, so that sinners may attend this event of the Savior’s invitation and bring liberty to the captives of condemnation.

The Savior would eventually be crucified by men’s sins; however, we, as Christians, honor Him as the Son of God, Savior of men, and obey Him—the One who brings Grace and Mercy unconditionally, because He loves us! If we believe by faith in Christ, and believe He is the One who shall welcome the Kingdom of God, we will indeed be Saved! Glory unto God!

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