As I was reading the last few verses in Matt. 13, specifically verses 53-58, I was touched with emotion at how the people of Jesus hometown could not accept Him for who He was and what He could do. The people He probably would have wished to help the most were jealous of Him and they really messed up big time. They were amazed at His wisdom and His ability to perform miracles and they asked:
- Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?
- Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?
- Isn’t his mother’s name Mary?
- Aren’t his brothers names James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?
- Aren’t all his sisters with us?
- Where did this man get all these things?
And then the clincher, the scripture says, “And they took offense at him.” They were overcome with jealousy. I can imagine our Savior realizing this saying, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor” (v. 57b). And because of their jealousy, they missed a lot of blessings. They lost! Verse 58 says, “And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”
We might feel a bit of anger creeping in toward those people in his hometown for their jealousy. Think of the blind that did not get their eyesight healed. Think of those with broken bodies who were left unhealed. Perhaps there were people who died who could have been saved or restored to life. All because the hometown folks were jealous. They couldn’t accept Jesus for who he was, and for what He could do with his miraculous powers. They couldn’t accept his wisdom, for wondering where he got it. Why, he was just a carpenter’s son. They knew his mother. Her name was Mary. They knew his sisters. They were there with them. They knew his brothers and could name each of them. But they took offense, the Bible says, to Jesus instead of rejoicing in Him. Because of that Jesus did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. Jesus must have been very sad as he left his hometown, the people he knew and loved and wanted to help.
We may think, “Ah, I wouldn’t have done Jesus that way.” Ah, wouldn’t you? How do you think it makes Him feel when we reject Him by failing to worship Him, to give our life completely to Him, to fail to study our Bible, to lead others to Him? If the shoe fits, let’s wear it!!
Are you making Jesus sad? Think about it! Do something about it while you are on this side of eternity where you can make a change.