TEXT: St. Mark 6: 1-5
OUTLINE: The people of Jesus’ home town Nazareth rejected Him.
CONTENT: Most people need to feel loved, appreciated, and accepted by others. We were
created to love and share; our greatest fear is to be rejected. Jesus went into the
synagogue on the Sabbath Day and began to teach, and many who heard him were
astonished saying, ‘is not this the carpenter, son of Mary. Where did he get the wisdom and
power to speak thus, and do such mighty things?’ Jesus said to them a prophet is without
honor in his own country and among his people and relatives; so could do no great things
among them, except that he laid his hands on a few folks and healed them.
When people are familiar with you, you are not readily accepted, they prefer a stranger.
Here are a few ways to deal with oppositions:
1. People will reject you no matter who you are and where you come from for no special reason.
They rejected Jesus even though he did so much and was humble.
2. If people reject you, what do you do? —-Brush it off. Remember the crowds on Palm Sunday,
they shouted to see their king; then on Good Friday they shouted ‘crucify him’. People are fickle
3. Keep it moving: ……. life goes on. Jesus continued in faith. He sent his disciples abroad and gave
them power to do great things.
In the final analysis, God is the one who will keep you going. Look to Jesus the Author and
finisher of your life and faith. He will reward you when your work is done.
Keep step with the master whatever betide; though dark be your pathway, He will
be your guide.