Reading: Luke 4:16-30; Acts 8:26-40; Hebrews 8:1-13
Summary: Today’s readings are three prominent examples of how Jesus and the New Testament writers viewed and applied prophecies of the coming Messiah and the new covenant He would initiate. Note, in the example from Luke in particular, how preconceived ideas prevented people from grasping the truth of the prophet’s message and its fulfillment.
It’s Easy to Reject Jesus
How hard is it to accept (receive, believe…insert your word of choice here) Jesus? Had it ought not to be easy? His coming into the world was by the work and will of God. There’s nothing too difficult for Him. His intention is for all men to be saved (and thus the need for Jesus being accepted). The capacity to do acts and deeds far beyond human capacity (miracles) was at His disposal. His arrival on earth, among men, was not a surprise as it had been foretold in such a way that people were in expectation of his appearance.
Everything appears to be in place for people to fully embrace Jesus as the Son of God.
But, they did not.
Perhaps the most startling rejection came in His own hometown, Nazareth. What began as a warm welcome quickly digressed to attempted murder averted only by a divine act—at least that’s how I understand “passing through their midst, he went away” (Luke 4:30).
The fact is, Jesus did not fit their preconceived notions of what the Messiah should be, He didn’t do for them the miracles they’d heard about, He dared speak the truth of God’s word that contradicted their cherished traditions. To them, He failed utterly.
We may hold dear to many ideas, notions, and beliefs that actually contradict reality, truth, God’s word, and His Son.
It’s easy to do.
It’s easy to reject Jesus.