THEY SOUGHT TO KILL HIM
Brothers we as children of God who have accepted and know Jesus as our Lord and Savior are blessed indeed. We received the conviction of the Holy Spirit of God when we were shown the errors of our worldly ways. The sin in which we lived. The iniquities of our very souls.
Let me show you here in the forth chapter of Luke how that those who had known Jesus all of his life would not believe his teachings. These friends and relatives of Jesus and his earthly mother and father would not accept him nor the truth that he preached unto them.
Jesus had just returned from forty days of being tempted by the devil.
He went to Nazareth the city and the people that he knew well.
These people were not unlike the people of our own communities and city's in which we our selves have grown up.
Jesus had earthly uncles and aunts, cousins, brothers and sisters which he loved. Remember that even though Jesus was and is the only begotten Son of God. He was on this earth a mere man.
He used the powers which God had given him as a man, but it was not his power, but rather God's power which worked through him. God intends for you to access that same power from him and to use that power in the teaching and preaching of His Holy Word.
As you read the following verses of scripture. Please put yourself in Jesus' place. I will teach you more of this lesson after you have read the following verses.
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. 16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
The eyes of his family, and friends.
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. 22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son? 23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. 24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. 25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. 28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way, 31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. 32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, 34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. 35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. 36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. 37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about.
Do you see that his friends, family, and neighbors which had grown up with Jesus from birth to about age 30 would not accept him or his teaching.
They became a violent mob pushing and thrusting him out of the synagogue, and down the streets which led to a cliff of the hill in which their city was built.
There these very same friends, and family members sought to kill him by pushing him headlong over the cliff.
Jesus however, was made invisible by God, and He walked back from the cliff, and through the very crowd that sought to destroy him.
My brothers in Christ Jesus do you see here that Jesus was not only not accepted by the members of his family, and community in which he had been born into, and lived with for those 30 years.
But, far beyond not being accepted as a preacher, and a teacher of the Gospel which God had given him to both preach and teach. These people pushed him from the Synagogue, and to the very edge of the cliff in order to kill him.
Brothers we who teach, preach, and just try each day to walk Christ like see some of this same nature from Jesus' friends, family, and neighbors. Have you ever been looked upon by your family and friends just as Jesus was in this day.
Your friends and family may not accept your teaching or preaching of God's Holy Word because just as Jesus' family and friends could not accept these powerful words which he spoke. Your friends and family may not ever accept you as a minister or teacher of the gospel.
Please remember this lesson as you attempt to preach or teach the gospel. Why should you be accepted by your family, and friends when Jesus was not accepted by his.
There is a good chance that your family and friends will not try to kill you as Jesus' did here. But, it will hurt you greatly just the same when they do not accept that you have changed from the young man or woman that they knew growing up in your small community or city.
Brothers do you see that they admitted that Jesus' words were powerful and even truthful. But, they became enraged at His teaching because that they could not accept him as a Prophet or Priest.
When you begin to walk Christ like, and to go about completing the assignment that God has given you. Do not be surprised when you are not accepted in your own communities. You may have to do as Jesus did here, and leave your community, and preach were you are not known. If that be the case do not choose to just sit in your community, and not teach God's Word.
Jesus did not just stay in Nazareth to be near his family and friends, and not do the assignment that God had given him. Nether are you to just sit down, and do nothing.
Brothers a perfect stranger will probably accept your being a new creature before your family and friends will.
I pray that you will not allow your home community to prevent you from going about completing your God given assignment. Please walk down that path that God has sit you upon.
For you are no better than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Remember this life lesson in this season in which we celebrate the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus our Lord and Savior.
God bless you my brothers, and sisters in Christ Jesus.
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