BVCC continues to suspend non-ministry events and Kids Connect until further notice.

Rejection at Nazareth

Mark 6.1-6a
He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.  And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief.
Have you ever felt rejected? If you have lived for more than 10 years on this planet, you probably at some point have felt rejected. Rejection is not fun, and I do not know too many people who like being rejected in particular. Perhaps you have personally felt rejected by a friend, a parent, a co-worker, a boyfriend or girlfriend, a spouse, or even a child. Perhaps it was a potential job that was given to another candidate rather than yourself. There could be multiple reasons as to why you may have experienced rejection.

As this text here in Mark chapter 6 points out, Jesus Himself was not immune to rejection either. Jesus was referenced as the guy who was “the carpenter son of Mary” which was derogatory toward Him. It really meant, “Is he not the a common laborer with hands that look like the rest of us?” A prophet or rabbi carried with them a sense of honor and prestige within the Jewish community. But Jesus was receiving none of that; in fact He was receiving the opposite.

As a Christ-follower it’s hard to imagine rejecting Jesus, but I believe this text provides us a window into the life of Jesus. He Himself experienced rejection, and like Christ told us, “Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours” (John 15.20).

Like Christ, believers throughout the ages have faced rejection by the world because the world is in opposition to the things of God. Darkness and light are not the same thing. The world is being run by Satan at the present moment, and sin is having its way on the earth momentarily. So, friends, do not be shocked when the world hates you or when it rejects you. 1 John 3.13 explains, “Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.” Unfortunately, rejection will come to the believer. That doesn’t mean that Christians need to quiet their voice and try to just be good little citizens that never get out of line for fear of being rejected by someone. No, in fact we should expect that the rejection will happen and, like Jesus, continue to preach and proclaim the good news of the gospel to anyone who will hear it and believe it.

This is the mandate that Jesus gave the church in what is referred to as the Great Commission in the epistle of Matthew (28.19-20): “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

This type of mandate given by Jesus will inevitably experience rejection by people; that is just naturally going to occur. But do not be discouraged because Jesus Himself was rejected by His own hometown to the point that He could only heal a few people. But that did not stop Him from proclaiming the truth, and it shouldn’t stop believers today either.

In an age where certain voices and messages are being silenced it can seem scary and daunting to share the gospel because of fear of what someone might do or say. But remember we are not above our Master, and if He experienced persecution for the sake of the good news of the gospel then we should also prepare our hearts and minds because more than likely it will happen to us as well. Take heart, for Jesus has already overcome the world (John 16.33).

In Christ’s Service,
Cody Ragland
Posted in
Tagged with ,