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Sunday Rest and Reflection:Hometown Prophets!

Dear Friends of God,

Greetings in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world!  We have enjoyed our first week reading the New Testament and the story of Jesus!  He is a wonderful Savior and worker of miracles!  I pray that you are gathering today with God’s people to worship Him and celebrate your life in Him!  In Him we live and move and have our being!

As I look back on this past week’s reading, I find the story of Jesus visiting his hometown of Nazareth and visiting the synagogue to teach there.  His relatives and the people of the town were amazed at His teaching and wondered at where Jesus got His miraculous power since he was a simple carpenter’s son.  They knew his father and mother and brothers and sisters.  As they thought about his earthly family, they took offense at him!  How could someone with such a common family have such miraculous power?

“But Jesus said to them, “Only in His hometown and in His own house is a prophet without honor.”  And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” (Matthew 13:57b-58)   Sometimes, familiarity is a stumbling block to faith.  We have a hard time becoming like a little child and believing.  Our perceptions from our senses block the reception of the word of God.  Our faith comes by hearing and receiving the word of God.  We have to take the word into our hearts and place our trust in God’s ability to perform His word.  When we get our eyes on the messenger and begin to reason, we often miss out on the miraculous!

Take a moment today to reflect on your own life.  Are you giving honor to Jesus Christ as the Son of God?  Do you find yourself critiquing the preacher or messenger and failing to put your faith in God and His word?  Is your own unbelief a hindrance to receiving what you need from God?  Confess if necessary and choose to believe! 

“People brought all their sick to Him and begged Him to let the sick just touch the edge of His cloak, and all who touched Him were healed.” (Matthew 14:35b-36)  Crossing the Sea of Galilee, Jesus came to a land where people believed!  Miracles came with faith!

In His Love, Pastor John

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