November 20 – Rejected in His Hometown – Luke 4
Verse sixteen begins the story when Jesus goes to His hometown to preach and teach. He began by reading Isaiah 61. At first, the people show curiosity at His gracious words. They remembered that Jesus grew up right there in Nazareth in Joseph’s house. They viewed Jesus as the son of Joseph instead of the Son of God. When He continued preaching, the people got angry. They tried to grab Him to kill Him. Jesus performed another miracle in verse 30 by becoming invisible to their eyes so He could just walk away right through the middle of them. This story should be an encouragement to us. Jesus was unable to convert or help these folks, because He grew up among them. Let us not be discouraged when we are seemingly failures at leading family or friends to Christ. Let us be even more determined to pray the Holy Spirit to lead another Christian to their doors to witness to them with the possibility of them trusting Christ. Just because someone refuses to trust Christ from my witnessing attempt, does not mean I give up on them. The door may be closed for me to win them to Christ, but God can still work in their hearts to be open to another Christian’s witness to them. Don’t give up on anyone!