Doing Right Does Not Mean an Easy Road
“He came to Nazareth where he had been reared. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place. When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written, God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, To set the burdened and battered free, to announce, “This is God’s year to act!” He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the assistant, and sat down. Every eye in the place was on him, intent. Then he started in, “You’ve just heard Scripture make history. It came true just now in this place.”
All who were there, watching and listening, were surprised at how well he spoke. But they also said, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son, the one we’ve known since he was a youngster?” He answered, “I suppose you’re going to quote the proverb, ‘Doctor, go heal yourself. Do here in your hometown what we heard you did in Capernaum.’ Well, let me tell you something: No prophet is ever welcomed in his hometown. Isn’t it a fact that there were many widows in Israel at the time of Elijah during that three and a half years of drought when famine devastated the land, but the only widow to whom Elijah was sent was in Sarepta in Sidon? And there were many lepers in Israel at the time of the prophet Elisha but the only one cleansed was Naaman the Syrian.”
That set everyone in the meeting place seething with anger. They threw him out, banishing him from the village, then took him to a mountain cliff at the edge of the village to throw him to his doom, but he gave them the slip and was on his way.”
Luke 4:16-30 MSG
Think about this. Jesus, the Jesus comes to church. You have already heard about some of the amazing things He has been doing. There’s obviously something special about Him. The church is packed with people, more than normal. Jesus gets up and quotes a scripture you know well. It’s a passage about the coming Messiah. You and your community members speak often about the Messiah will come and fulfill the prophecies. Once Jesus is finished, He sits down which was the custom of the time. Then He declares Himself to be the Messiah.
The result is chaos. People are furious. Wait… what?
This is Jesus! Surely the poeple are excited. They were able to hear it first. Nope. They were angry because Jesus was not what they expectated. They expected the Messiah to come chargining in with a crown and conquest in His eyes. They were tired of Roman oppression and wanted war. They did not read all the prophecies that spoke of the Messiah being lowly and a “man of no reputuation.” They did not understand that Jesus did not come to conquer the world, He came to die for it.
Just because you are doing the right thing, being the kind of person, pursuing the right dreams does not mean people will agree with you. We do not see things as they truly are. We see things as we are. They did not see Jesus for who He was. They saw Jesus for what they wanted Him to be. Your job is to follow God with all you heart. Not everyone will understand or support that. If they didn’t support Jesus, you will be misunderstood as well.
Today, do not be quick to become discouraged because others do not understand or support you. Instead, understand it is part of living a life that is making a difference.
What did Jesus do?
1. He told the Truth.
2. He did not retaliate.
3. He did not quit.
Today, help me God to see that just because everyone does not approve of my pursuite of you does not mean that I’m going in the wrong direction. Help me to redouble my efforts to follow you with my whole heart.