What Jesus Did! 'Home Court Disadvantage' — Luke 4:22-24

Thursday, February 26, 2015

All the people said good things about Jesus. They were amazed at the beautiful words Jesus spoke. The people said, "{How can he speak like this?} He is only Joseph's son, isn't he?" Jesus said to them, "I know that you will tell me the old saying: 'Doctor, heal yourself.' You want to say, 'We heard about some things that you did in Capernaum. Do those same things here in your own home town!'" Then Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. A prophet is not accepted in his own home town."
— Luke 4:22-24 NLT
Illustration of Luke 4:22-24 NLT — "I tell you the truth. A prophet is not accepted in his own home town."

Key Thought

In sports, teams play all season to have the home-court advantage in the playoffs. Yet the ancient proverb is true in matters religious, "A prophet is not without honor, except among his own folks in his own hometown and in his own family." While we can think of lots of reasons why that would be true, the bottom line is that we expect our experts to be from out of town with credentials that include places we haven't been and degrees we haven't earned. To have someone from among us be used by God in special ways can provoke jealousy and stir cynicism. That's why it was so important that Jesus be one of us—to specifically show us that the way we are to walk is possible. That there were no great expectations of Jesus by those among whom he was raised should not surprise us. That he grew up like all of us did (with family and friends in a real-life historical setting) should motivate us to reach for more than our shallow dreams often allow. While we may be saddened by Jesus' rejection by his hometown folks, let's not let the same thing happen with those that God would use mightily among us. Let's encourage them to Kingdom greatness and believe that God can make any among us—young or old, big or small, and including you and me—into something great for his use.

Today's Prayer

Father, use me to encourage your people to find their gifts to serve you. Use my faith and conviction to help them dream bigger dreams for your Kingdom and for their place of service in that Kingdom. Raise up from our congregation great leaders for the future of your Church and for the cause of Christ. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 4:4-7, 11-16
  • 1 Timothy 4:11-16
  • John 1:10-12

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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