by Christina Farris
13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
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.
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, Devil depart from Jesus for a time, This is speaking of the temptation that came after his baptism of water and by the Holy Spirit. He wandering out into the wilderness to be tempted. When he came out he was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to preach in Jerusalem and the people was glorified/praised by all. Note this was the first preaching teaching after the time in the wilderness. It was a good experience, but also something to note people that were not his own receive the message Jesus preached. There seems to be no opposition in Jesus ministry until Jesus goes back to Nazareth and begins to preach. His own people did not receive him. Yet maybe the question should be why? Nazareth is a village of both Jews and Gentiles, so there should of been no issue with the story of old he told of Elias/Elijah and Eliseus/Elisha the prophet. Both stories give account of gentiles being blessed by God. One widow woman receiving food supplies during a time of drought and famine when she cared for the prophet and the other Naaman being healed of leprosy.Yet woman were starving in Israel and there were men with leprosy in Israel and no one was healed. People began to get angry because of these miracles were mentioned by Jesus to his home town. If you take note Jesus right before this said whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum do also here in thy country. Speaking of the physicians to heal themselves, to do the work of the physician. Jesus also said a prophet not welcome in his own country prior to his telling of Elijah and Elisha. Then the crowd gets angry and pushes to the top of a hill the city was built upon, and plan was to cast him over head first, but he walks right done through the mist of them, under the power of the Holy Spirit, why because it was not his time to die. The Holy Spirit parting the crowd just like Moses parted the red sea.
Two places Jesus taught his home town and in Jerusalem, one place received the other not. Both spoke of Jews and Gentiles. One group the Gentile race receiving healing from the prophets from Jerusalem. Gentiles were outcast of God or people that were not Jews. Jews were people of God but did not receive the blessing of God in either case. There was a time in Jerusalem when the temple was rebuilt that gentiles were not allowed to help. In fact they were not allowed within the temple. Yet there were gentiles that were of faith in God, who received readily the blessings of God in their life, the widow woman being one at the time of Elijah, and Naaman time of Elisha, was an unbeliever until the day of his healing in the jordan river where he dunk 7 times, (story particially told yesterday, found in II KIngs 5). The purpose of these healings and miracles were to glorify God but Jews could not accept it.
Jesus was from Galilee and was born of virgin Mary but not all believe he was the Son of God or even gifted as a prophet. Did his home town have dirt on Jesus probably not, but he was telling stories of the gentiles deliverance and Israel was not delivered at these times, it makes no sense why God's people were not delivered. Jesus began to do miracles and things, the galileans still did not believe, but Jesus would go back and teach in Galileans before going to be with the Father after the resurrection. He minister forty days in Galilee. He had the testimony on his body of the beating nail scar hands and the piercing from the sword as he hung on the cross. The Witness of the disciples telling his friends, neighbors, and family of what happened in Jerusalem. Now with proof of this we would think family and friends would cause a riot, but instead peace, love and hope was taught with the primary lesson being of the cross and to repent.
If we look only as the opposition unchangeable, then we never see the work God wants to do in the opposition or in the time of negativity. If we only think of the glorification of the people in Jerusalem around Jesus, we fail to realize it might be nice for a day or too, but many of those would not believe either, for the people in Jerusalem would help carry out with cries of crucify. Jews people that would be rejecters and some would come to be believers, through evidence of prophecy, teaching and healing. We want often to have the miracles, the healing, the abundance of God's blessing in our life, only to realize it sometimes through suffering others believe because they see God's strength and power move in our life, despite our opposition. We must hold to our hope of faith through out our journey and when we fail to realize our humanity in situations that cause our failure, we are not Jesus when it comes to opposition. Not every opposition ends up will for the opposition, but for the believer it either heaven or peace with persistence. We carry our cross in opposition to the grave and to heaven, or on the battle field of faith. To trust God to be our deliver, it takes faith.
Was Jesus killed on the fronline of ministry before his time, no God parted the crowd of people by the Holy Spirit and he passed through the angry crowd, but he had to climb the hill to walk down into the valley. The valleys would be the place he would teach in during his time, though at times he walked the very mountaintops, cross the wilderness, deserts, rivers, streams and seas in his ministry. He went where he could speak to the people. Whether it be in the temple, the city streets, or sinners home. He went to those places the door was open to him. Jesus still enters the doors of people's hearts that are open to him and his teaching of faith, love and hope. The cross we might bear for Jesus, might not be popular where we go, but God has a reason for sending you to that very spot and it is so his name can be glorify. Remember you called to glorify Christ name, but we are called to shine for Jesus. Do not worry about those that hate you.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to follow in Christ footsteps knowing he met opposition too. Help us to stand in faith, knowing our hope and future rest in you. When we fail lift us up to continue our journey with you, carry us when we fall, and enable us to do your will, knowing your Spirit of protection tell you call us to be home with you. in Jesus precious name, Amen.
Countdown To Thanksgiving: Day 24: Thank the Lord for His protection in our journey in life.
Continual Scripture Study:Hebrews 13:5-8 KJV
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Luke 14:21-24 KJV