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Nazareth Rejects Jesus

Bible Study Lesson, Matthew 13:53-58

Nazareth Rejects JesusThere are several lessons to be taken from this piece of Scripture from Matthew. We are focusing today on why Nazareth rejects Jesus just because He grew up there.

Nazareth was Jesus’ hometown.

Just as it is today, people find it hard to believe someone famous can come from a small town.

To these people, Christ was just the “carpenter’s son“.

Nazareth Rejects Jesus In His Own Home Town

When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there.

He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?

Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?

And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”

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

And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief. – Matthew 13:53-58 NASB

Why Couldn’t the People of Nazareth Believe Jesus?

During the times before Jesus arrived in Nazareth, He had performed many miracles including calming the sea and driving the demons from the man at Gadarenes.

In town after town He amazed people with His knowledge and understanding.

So, why was it so difficult for the Nazareth townspeople to believe that He was the Christ – or even a prophet?

The Therapist Parallel

It’s commonly known that a psychologist can administer therapy to hundreds of people in need and get results in many cases.

But, even an excellent therapist finds it a real challenge to treat a spouse or their own children. It’s near impossible.

Why? Because they are too close to the therapist and too emotionally involved to receive treatment from someone they grew up with – or are married to.

The “Carpenter’s Son”

This is the syndrome that faced Jesus as He tried to teach the people of Nazareth an “unpopular” message.

He was known as the “carpenter’s son” and the “son of Mary” but not considered the Messiah.

They could not comprehend that someone from such humble beginnings could be Savior of the world.

Do You Know Someone Who Is Famous?

If we look objectively, it’s understandable.

If someone we knew from childhood came back and tried to teach a message of which we were unsure of, it would be easy to label them as “just the boy or girl down the street”.

How about Our Faith? Do We Have Enough?

In this Bible study lesson we discover the people of Nazareth simply did not believe.

Do we sometimes miss the great things God can do in our lives because of our lack of faith?

Christ performed very few miracles in Nazareth because people did not believe in Him.

Why No Miracles?

In previous chapters of Matthew (and throughout the New Testament) Jesus did many miraculous deeds.

But, in each instance, the healing and bringing the dead back to life was a result of faith on the part of the recipient.

Peter could not walk with Jesus on the water because of his lack of faith.

“All Things are Possible…”

God wants to do great things in our lives. There are three simple steps in receiving Gods blessings.

– First, we ask

– Then we believe

– Then God acts.

To be sure, this does not mean we just ask God for a new Mercedes and it’s in our drive the next morning.

Prayer is not some magic incantation to deliver selfish wants and needs of this world.

*A point to remember (I heard this from one of my favorite pastors)..

God Never Hurries, and God is Never Late

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”0718078128″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”bobpardphot-20″ width=”105″]He does things in his own time and in his own way.

We cannot see the big picture so we just have to trust that God knows what He is doing.

Talk to God about your needs and then have the faith that your request is not too big for Him.

You might be surprised at the outcome.

Love In Christ

– Bob

If you would like more information about how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16.

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