Fresh Hope – 18th May 2019

Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.

“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands ona few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

There’s a problem called ‘familiarity’. It happened to Jesus.

We read that he couldn’t do any miracles (vs5) because they were too familiar with Him . “It’s only Mary and Joseph’s son.”

We can be so close to something, so familiar with something, that we don’t really see it, or get it or appreciate it. It’s called familiarity and it leads to complacency.

Familiarity will cause us to be blind to the obvious, not see what’s in front of us, take things for granted, have an entitlement mentality and treat as common that which is sacred.

You’ve all heard the saying “familiarity breeds contempt”, which means disrespect.

A few verses later, we read that many people rushed to Jesus and many miracles were performed.

Same Jesus. Different attitude.

Same Jesus.  Different spirit.

Same Jesus. Different heart.

The people recognised Him.

Make sure you recognise Jesus for who He truly is.

The King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The healer. The deliverer.

The restorer. The all powerful one.

Don’t become blind or ungrateful or treat with contempt that and who is in your life.

For if you do, you won’t be able to receive either.

Vs 53 – 56 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognised Jesus. They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

 

Pastor Gillian
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