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It Can’t Be Him!

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

Matthew 13:53-58

Verse 57 And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”

We have been talking about hope. Hope in His promise. We have mentioned that we can tend to hope in what we think we need instead of what He knows we need. Today we learn more about that kind of fake hope.

We see in our reading today that those who knew Jesus longest couldn’t believe that He was the promised Messiah. He wasn’t what they were hoping for. They had known Him when no one else knew Him. These people knew Jesus before He taught the religious teachers in the Temple when He was 12. These were the very people that He had played games with when they were small. These would have been His cousins, other relatives, neighbors, and teachers. They had seen Him as He grew up and they had to know that He wasn’t like them in every way. How could they grow up with Him and not notice that He didn’t get in trouble like they did because He wasn’t doing things that were wrong?

These people had the Messiah in front of them longer than any other group of people and yet they couldn’t bring themselves to accept Him as the promised one because they were hoping for something else. They didn’t want to believe that Jesus could be the Messiah. He surely would have mentioned it before now if He was someone important, right?

They did the same thing that people had been doing through the entire time of waiting for the Promise. They were hoping for someone that would change their world and circumstances. Their hope was in what they thought the title of Messiah could bring them. They were so focused on what they perceived the Messiah to be that they couldn’t even recognize Him when He was right in front of them.

Hope shouldn’t be tied solely to what we want. If we are only concerned with what we want we may miss what God sees as best. When we focus on the things we hope God can do for us instead of hoping in Him, we miss the blessings that He wants to bring to us. When Jesus saw their unbelief He stopped doing as many miracles. Could it be that our lack of belief and hope in who He is has us missing things He wants to do for us?

Making It Personal

Are there people in your life that you discount because you can’t believe that they could amount to anything? What is it that you are hoping for? Do you think that is the same thing God is planning to bless you with?

Making It Personal Kids

What do you hope for? Do you think that God hopes for anything? What do you think God hopes you knew about Jesus?

Closing Prayer

Father, please don’t let us miss what You are meaning to bless us with because we are so focused on what we think we want. Give us wisdom in what we ask You for. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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