Stoning Jesus (Luke 4; Hosea 8)

28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, he went away. Luke 4:28-30

Yes, it is true, not everyone loves Jesus!  The fact is, more people hate Jesus than love Jesus.  As a person who has become a student of Scripture and a preacher of the gospel I have over and over seen the truth of this fact.

How could anyone reject Jesus?  How could anyone not want to follow the one who does the following:

  • Proclaims good news to the poor.
  • Proclaims liberty to the captives.
  • Heals the sick and sets at liberty those who are oppressed.

The darkness in men’s hearts blinds their eyes to the truth.  This is clearly seen in Jesus own home town.

Jesus comes to their synagogue.  He is invited to give the message.  He reads from Isaiah 61:1-2.  He completes His reading by saying, I am the Messiah.  The people are impressed with His knowledge and with His miracles in other places.  However, they refuse to believe He is  God’s Son.  So they attempt to stone the Son of God.

Yes, they attempt to stone the Son of God.

In this day of unrest and hate in our nation, we are called to be Jesus ambassadors of love.  Jesus could have called down fire from heaven and destroyed the people.  But He did not.  He simply passed through their midst.  Brothers and sisters there is a strong message in this for us today.

Take time to praise Him for opening your eyes to the truth.  Take time to prepare yourself for the battle that waits for you at work, in class, or in the home.  As the Father was with Jesus, so to is the Son with you in every trial.

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