“And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son? And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country” (Luke 4:14-24).
Today’s Morsel: How do you handle rejection? I was told of a story of a young lady that came into a relationship with the Lord and all that she wanted to do was attend church and serve God. When her parents found out, they had a family meeting and told her to decide. It was either them or this Jesus that she talked so much about. And the young girl looked at her parents and said, “I wish you would not have me to make such a choice. But I will choose Jesus.” And as she stood to walk out to return to church that evening, her brother told her to wait because he would go with her to see for himself about this Jesus that she chose over her family. In the end, the entire family became saved because of her choice. When Jesus returned to His hometown, He went to church. By all accounts, everyone was glad to see Him. He read the scripture for the day. But when He revealed revelation of truth, He was rejected. Sad to say, this is what happens in so many families and churches. God reveals more truth about Himself to others, but they and the truth He reveals are rejected because people are set in their church doctrine and traditional ways. When they rejected Jesus in His church and hometown, He told them that no prophet is accepted in his own country. Revealing truth against the establish regimes, and people's thinking is a sure to get you rejected. “And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them” (1 Samuel 8:7). The choice may not be an easy one, but the sure choice is always Jesus.
Sing: Though all hell assails me, I shall not be moved, Jesus will not fail me, I shall not be moved, just like a tree planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.
Thought For Today: Someone is bound to reject you when you choose truth. (Parker)