We read here that Jesus’ home town did not believe in Him. But this is not quite as simple a statement as you might think. The people in Jesus’ region WERE astonished with Jesus. They saw great wisdom in His teaching. They witnesses miracles performed by Him. The big hang-up they could not overcome was that they knew Him as a person that they had seen growing up and doing “normal” things like go to school and work. They saw Him as a great teacher and miracle worker; they just couldn’t accept Him as Messiah or Lord. He was not Savior or God in their eyes.
Truth be told, even amongst “Christians” today, we have the same sort of problem. A plurality of people who go by His name see Jesus as anything but who He is. Some see a prophet, a role-model, an example to follow. Others see a baby in an inspiring story or a martyr who changed western culture for the better. Some see a good luck charm, or a god to whom they go for assistance in their own plans and desires; a magic man.
If we do not want to be like the people of Nazareth, we need to see Jesus for who He really is. He is Messiah, Savior, Lord and King. He is the person we surrender to, follow and obey. He is God. If He is anything less in your life, you may have a problem.
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