And They Took Offense At Him

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Jesus faced rejection from the very beginning of his ministry. Even in his hometown of Nazareth, people took offense at his claims about himself. Likewise, when Jesus sent out his disciples, he warned them that they too would face rejection as they preached repentance and performed miracles. Rejection was part of the cost of following Jesus.

  • Jesus went to his hometown of Nazareth and taught in the synagogue, but the people were offended by his claims about himself. They took offense because he was just a normal guy from their town claiming to be the fulfillment of Scripture.
  • Jesus said a prophet is not honored in his own hometown. He could not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
  • Jesus sent out his disciples two by two to preach repentance, cast out demons, and heal the sick. He warned them that some places would reject them.
  • The disciples went and preached that people should repent. They performed miracles, but also experienced rejection, just as Jesus did.

When we share the gospel today, we can expect similar responses of skepticism and rejection. But we must press on faithfully, knowing that some will believe. By God’s grace, the offense of the cross can soften hardened hearts. As we build relationships and serve others in humility, the message of Christ’s love can melt away resistance and lead people to repentance and life. Do not lose heart! Your labor in the Lord is not in vain.


Mark 6:1-13

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