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Jesus is Rejected at Nazareth!

Rejection

Then Jesus left the wilderness of Judea, where Satan tempted him for forty days, and "returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. So 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 to read." Luke 4:14-16 NKJV.

Before, full of the Holy Spirit, he spent forty days in the wilderness being tempted by the devil, and now he returns to Galilee, in the power of the Spirit to begin his ministry. He taught in other synagogues, being glorified by all, but here in Nazareth, where He was brought up, is rejected.

They handed to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. 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 has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."" Luke 4:18-21.

What gracious word, but look who’s reading, "Is this not Joseph's son?"

"Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?" So they were offended at Him." 

Why were they so offended and against him, that they felt such hurt, to want to do him wrong? 

"Now 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..." Mark 6:2-3. Mark 6:5-6.

Unbelief is lack of faith and a spirit of disobedience. Because of unbelief the Jews were broken off, and you stand by faith.

"He said to them, "You will surely say this proverb to Me, 'Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your country.'" Then He said, "Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian." Luke 4:23-27.

The gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 

"So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way." Luke 4:28-30

By rejecting Him they wanted to damage his mood and self-esteem. Emotional pain is one way rejection will impact your well-being. It elicits swells of anger and aggression, and it destabilises your need to belong. But Jesus got over with rejection and went his way. He went about other villages in a circuit, teaching. How do you yourself get over rejection?

Go your own way, and stay focused on what you’re doing, on those you still have in your life. 

At Your word I’ll let down the net!


When Jesus was baptised, he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where he was tempted for forty days by the devil. He then returned and began his ministry.  Those who had followed him had gone back fishing, and here in Luke chapter 5 he’s calling them for the second time, not just to follow him, but to be his disciples or apostles.

He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, He saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 

He interacted with Simeon Peter, who had the other boat, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."

Peter was hesitant, but then he said, "nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net."

When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking, so they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

"When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of  Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him." Luke 5:8-11.

The Lord would wish you leave what you’re doing and fish with him. He doesn’t want you to follow him just for the sake of it.  He wants you to be his true disciple, his apostle and that you catch men with him. At first they left their nets, but now they have forsaken all and followed Him.

"But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net." And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking." Luke 5:5-6

In this fishing business for men if ever we are going to win, then we have to fish according to His instructions, not our own. He knows where the fish is and how you can catch them for him, and I would love it if you say together with Simon, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.

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