When you are trapped in Nazareth what is amazing starts to seem like something common and what is a miracle start to seem like a coincidence, we need to get out and start enjoying what is worth it.
When we read the scripture there are a lot of times when we don’t understand the purpose of Jesus actions but when we start connecting the dots, it all makes sense.
Probably you have heard this famous quote “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town” or probably you have lived it because those that are your own people despise you.
Here we’re going to understand the context on which that phrase took place.
Trapped in Nazareth
Let’s review the context of this message:
1 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.
— Mark 6.1-6 NIV
There was something Jesus wanted to do for the people that he couldn’t do because of something that was within the people and that thing is what we‘re going to analyze.
The only time we see Jesus unable to do something or being amazed at something is related to faith. (v.5)
Jesus was born in Bethlehem but he grew up in Nazareth and that‘s why Jesus considered Nazareth as his hometown.
Jesus experienced one of the saddest things which are having people close to you that don‘t appreciate you, don‘t support you, and don‘t express their love to you.
The reason behind is that sometimes when you get too close to something it becomes too common.
When Nazareth people realize that Jesus was one of them then what made Jesus special became something common for them.
You know you‘re getting good when people stop telling you that you did a good job because they start to expect it from you. Even though it is a compliment to you when they take you for granted, it is also dangerous for them because what is constantly taken for granted it is eventually taken away.
Don‘t get trapped in familiarity as Nazareth people did.
When you live with your miracle in front of you, you might stop being amazed. Don‘t take it for granted.
The people of Nazareth didn‘t deny the wisdom of Jesus (v.2) they didn‘t deny the miracles of Jesus, they didn‘t doubt it but they despised it. The reason why they despised it was that Jesus looked like one of them.
The people of Nazareth knew very well Jesus as it happens in every small town where everyone knows each other, especially considering that Jesus grew up in Nazareth. And even though they knew Jesus, they called him “the carpenter” and “Mary‘s son“ (v.3).
You should know that in Jewish tradition you should use the father as a reference and not the mother so when they say “Mary‘s son“ they are denigrating him by insinuating that his father is not Joseph (almost like calling his mother as a prostitute).
The question is what‘s wrong with Nazareth people that they had so low self-esteem? Why these people rejected their savior?
The reason why we know that they had a low self-esteem is that they despise Jesus once they recognize him as one of their own.
45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.
— John 1.45-46 NIV
Now, knowing this, probably the reason why the people of Nazareth rejected Jesus was that they rejected themselves.
Jesus is limited of what he can do through your life when you’re trapped in who you were.
If you believe for the rest of your life that you are worthless, it will be very hard for you to worship a God who thought you were worth dying for.
Now, let’s see what Jesus did because you might have to do it as well.
6 He was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.
— Mark 6.6 NIV
The first you have to understand is that many of the rejections we experience are really redirections.
After Jesus was rejected on his own hometown, he went around teaching from village to village and that had a purpose. (v.6)
7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.
— Mark 6.7 NIV
The purpose was to release his disciples into their ministry and Jesus wanted to show them how our greatest blessings can only come on the other side of rejection.
8 These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
— Mark 6.8-11 NIV
This is the reason why Jesus brought his disciples to Nazareth because he wanted to show them what to do with rejection (v.11). Jesus knew that they will not be ready for their ministry until they had first been rejected.
The road to resurrection is paved with rejection and the stone that the builders rejected became the chief cornerstone.
You now know that only God can approve you.
If you haven’t already, make this simple but [powerful prayer] and stop thinking who you were because your circumstances don’t define you. God considers you worth it so you should think the same about yourself.
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See you in the next post. Tschüss!
- Trapped In Nazareth | Savage Jesus | Pastor Steven Furtick | [Link]