Brother Kirt's Daily Devotions
Wednesday, December 19, 2018by Bro. Kirt Scott on November 19, 2018
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, that he even does miracles!
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, "Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor."
5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.
6 And he was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.
Isn’t it ironic that the people that should have known Jesus the best were the ones that, for the most part, had less faith in Him? It seems that they were familiar with His family and gave little though to the possibility He was the promised Messiah. It says that they took offense at Him. What a sad commentary on these hometown folks! Even the Messiah was rejected by the narrow-minded thinking of those who were friends and family. It was a direct result of their lack of faith. It should come as to no surprise that it is often those that we are closest to that we have the least chance of winning to Christ. They may reject you “preaching” to them because of your age, your past, or simply because they know you or your family too well. This doesn’t give us any reason to quit trying to reach them, however. It is up to us to live a life of faith no matter who we are with or how they might get on our last nerve. This is a timely message considering we are getting ready to go through yet another holiday when we are reunited with family and friends to share in the miracle of Jesus coming to earth. He came as the Savior for all mankind. There would be those that reject Him, even in His own hometown, yet those that placed their faith in Him received the greatest gift of all. May we be graceful Christians around those that are lost this Christmas season. Let us reflect the Light of the World to everyone around us.
Father God, thank you for the Light of the World. May I share His light with those around me this Christmas season, especially those that have not placed their faith in Him as the one and only Savior of the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.