Live to Forgive: He’s JUST the Carpenter’s Son
Am I JUST amazed at Jesus’ teaching? Is he amazed at my unbelief?
In all three accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, it is reported that the people of his hometown of Nazareth are amazed at his teaching, yet mock him because after all, he is JUST a carpenter’s son. They took offense at what he was saying and in Luke’s account, we read, “jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way (Luke 4:29-30).”
In Mark’s telling of what happens, we read Jesus “was amazed at their unbelief (Mark 6:6).” We know that their unbelief stifled Jesus from performing more miracles among them. They mocked him (Matthew 13:55). What a shame!
In this season of reflecting on the cross during Lent, wouldn’t it be appropriate to ask myself a few additional questions: How many times have I forced Jesus to the edge of the cliff in my spiritual journey because of my offense, because of my unbelief? The way I see it, my heart is the hometown of the Holy Spirit. He lives within me and yet my actions at times reflect the words, “He’s JUST the carpenter’s son . . . (Matthew 13:55).” Oh my Lord, I do not want to be one whom you look at in amazement at my unbelief rather than my belief!
It is not fun to be mocked by the world or for that matter by my brothers and sisters in Christ and yet we must forgive them. My ears have had the unfortunate hearing of brothers and sisters in Christ being mocked behind closed doors of meeting rooms and I tremble to think I may be guilty of the same. It is far to easy to fall into the habit of stereotyping who WE believe to have the stamp of God on their lives according to the world’s definition of success rather than affirming the unsuspecting humble servants before us. God help us to not shoot our brothers and sisters with persecuting lies or mock them or say evil things about them. Help me to remember to count myself blessed when others are mocking me. Help me to pass through the crowd of people trying to push me off the cliff and be on my way about my Father’s business.
“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sort of evil things about you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way (Matthew 5:11-12).”
Jesus was scoffed and beaten before dying on the cross for me!
Help me to not JUST be amazed at Jesus’ teaching, help me to be obedient! Help me to forgive my mockers Lord and help me not to mock you or others who speak in your name. In Jesus name. Amen!