Jesus, Too Commonplace to Be Great

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Matthew 13

54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” 57 So they were offended at Him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” 58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Is Jesus too commonplace for you?  He was for those in the town he grew up in. Jesus, on his journeys, went back to his home town and taught again in their synagogues.  When the people who knew him from his childhood heard Jesus speak they wondered where he got his messages from, they certainly could not be his own messages for they knew his family and none of them were great.  While superimposing the commonplace on the Lord Jesus the people of his town missed his greatness, could not really believe him, and missed out on his miracles amongst them.

Is Jesus too commonplace for you?  Did you grow up going to Sunday school as a child?  Have you heard all of the “stories” and now have little awe and less interest in them?   When people get excited about their faith have you ever felt that you were missing something because you have never been that excited about yours.  Maybe Jesus is just as commonplace for you as he was for those in his home town.

The saddest part of this visit to his hometown was that they missed the mighty works of Jesus too.  Since the works of God require us to have faith that he can do what he says he can to, Jesus could not do many miracle healings there.  Those who knew him from a child could not put their faith in Jesus as God.  What about you?  Do you see Jesus as God, as the very Son of God who alone can save you, keep you, and do mighty works of God through you?  Or is Jesus just a Sunday school character of your upbringing? Have you enjoyed the mighty works of Christ or do you only see them in the lives of others?

Let us take time today to see Jesus as much more, multiplied times more than just a Sunday school person who loved children and calmed storms. Let us see the Savior as John did in Revelation 1, as the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the Lord God of heaven and earth.  Then, let’s ask the Lord Jesus to his mighty works through us since we are people of great faith in him.

Bobbi’s dad’s gall bladder surgery went well yesterday, he is just in much pain because of his arthritis.  Please keep Ed in your prayers throughout the day that he would know God’s comfort and healing.

 Tonight is our regular program of Bible study, prayer, and youth group.  Pray for our youth.  They are facing struggles of life and faith every day.  A few are in the middle of a great struggle right now. 

 This Friday night we are showing the movie, “Steve McQueen, American Icon” a story about McQueen’s life, successes, motivations, and his coming to Jesus Christ.  Invite a friend, post it on Facebook, do what you can to bring lost people to see this movie.  We are showing it outdoors starting around 8:00.

 Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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