Rejection…

Luke 4:16-30

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives

and recovering of sight to the blind,

to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.  And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”  And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself.’ What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.” And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff.But passing through their midst, he went away.

 We cannot help someone who does not wish to receive it.  He did not do the miracles and healing work He did elsewhere in his hometown; there was no belief, no faith, no wish to receive His message.  What He found here in His hometown was a desire for a show.  We find that today in many places.  People do not want real, do not want anything that will require a change, giving up a selfish lifestyle.  They want a show, a feel-good experience with no commitment.  Jesus requires commitment and promises a share in His suffering.  Not what many want to hear.  With it comes the adventure of a lifetime; satisfaction that comes from being reunited with the one who loves us, died for us, and works alongside us.  With it comes meaning in life. 

 Take away – We should not be surprised if rejection comes from those closest to us.  Jesus experienced it and gave examples of others who did as well.  Like Jesus moving through the crowd and going on his way, we can move through the rejection and go on our way continuing to spread the Word of God. …he has anointed me  to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives  and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Jesus had a mission, we join in that mission; as He did not allow anything to deter His completion of that mission we also can continue in what He has given us to do not allowing anything to deter our completion of that work.

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