“…EXCEPT IN HIS OWN HOMETOWN AND AMONG HIS OWN FAMILY”

“Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” And so He did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.” (Matthew 13:57-58)

broken-familyJesus was raised in Nazareth by His earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, along with his brothers and sisters. The people of Nazareth knew them all very well. When Jesus began to speak and teach with power and authority, one would have expected everyone who heard Him – especially those who were closest to Him – to believe in Him, support Him and encourage Him in the ministry He was sent here to do. But sadly Jesus found that familiarity only bred contempt.

The people were amazed at Jesus’ wisdom for they knew He had no formal education. But yet, because He was so familiar to them, it was hard for the people – as well as His immediate family – to accept Jesus as the Holy Son of God. Instead of the honor He deserved, Jesus was met with disdain and ridicule which is why He could do very little miracles there. The attitudes of the people were the likes of, “He’s just a carpenter, who does he think he is?” None of this caught Jesus by surprise. Everything that happened, happened by design.

This walk that we’re on can be a very lonely walk. Child of God, don’t be surprised to find that those closest to you will be the ones least likely to stand with you and believe. It is during these times that God is revealing to you the true state of their heart. Jesus said, “Anyone who accepts your message is also accepting Me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting Me. And anyone who rejects Me is rejecting God, who sent Me.” (Luke 10:16) As hurtful and disheartening as this may be, use this revelation as an opportunity for prayer and intercession on their behalf. Do not allow yourself to get angry. Instead, stand in the gap for them.

Family can be a source of love, comfort and support but family can also be a stumbling block. The Lord knows this. It is for this reason the ties that we have to our family will be challenged. Jesus said, “If you love your father or mother more than you love Me, you are not worthy of being Mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than Me, you are not worthy of being Mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow Me, you are not worthy of being Mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for Me, you will find it.” (Matthew 10:37-39) The idea of separating ourselves from our family is a hard thought to comprehend for most however, as a follower of Jesus Christ, it is a reality that we may have to accept. Not everyone will be saved. This may include those you are closest to and love the most. Does this anger you? It should. If it does, do something about it. Share Jesus with them and fight for your family on your knees for we are surely at spiritual war! This is not a time for passivity. Jesus said, “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword. I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household!’” (Matthew 10:34-37)

When you are tempted to feel alone, remember that you are NEVER alone for Jesus said, “This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) And as for family, remember this: When Jesus’ disciples told Him that His mother and brothers were looking for Him, Jesus replied, “Anyone who does the will of My Father in Heaven is My brother and sister and mother!” (Matthew 12:50)

Be encouraged!