Tuesday, September 6, 2011

" Jesus" KEEP OUT

Mark 6:1-6  Jesus left that place and went to his hometown. His disciples followed him.  (2)  When the day of worship came, he began to teach in the synagogue. He amazed many who heard him. They asked, "Where did this man get these ideas? Who gave him this kind of wisdom and the ability to do such great miracles?  (3)  Isn't this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" So they took offense at him.  (4)  But Jesus told them, "The only place a prophet isn't honored is in his hometown, among his relatives, and in his own house."  (5)  He couldn't work any miracles there except to lay his hands on a few sick people and cure them.  (6)  Their unbelief amazed him. Then Jesus went around to the villages and taught.

Jesus went to his hometown to minister and teach the people he grew up with. These people knew Jesus when he was a little boy and knew of his family as well. They could not see Jesus as any thing more than just a carpenter's son. Oh they were amazed at his ability to teach the scriptures with great understanding but their religious pride stopped them from receiving the truth.

The funny thing about truth. It can be presented and clearly shown to the masses , but it does not mean it has to be excepted. Many people have placed the sign on their doors " Jesus , KEEP OUT."  They refuse to see Jesus more than just a prophet or an ordinary man. Many have tried to make him an ordinary man by refusing to believe his miraculous birth and his resurrection from the dead. The funny thing about truth. One can try to stomp it away like an ant hill but when you come back the next day the ant hill is still there. Truth can not be thrown away or conquered by our prejudice. It remains in tact whether we believe it or not. Jesus was and is who he said he was. He is the son of God and the savior of the world. He did come to save us from ourselves. Either we believe it or not. The choice is ours, but when we refuse him. We refuse the miraculous in our lives. We refuse the changing power of God operating within our midst. Many in the body of Christ today have refused his power. They have secretly placed Jesus in their hearts but not as their savior. He has become their symbol or spiritual icon. He is just a T-shirt design or a bummer sticker comment. He must become more to us. If the world is to see Him as their savior; he must first be our Savior. If you have the sign on your door " Jesus , KEEP OUT." It is time to take it down and let him in. He will change your life for the better and the truth will set you free.

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