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Steven Furtick - Trapped In Nazareth


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Our scripture today is found in Mark 6:1-6. I want to read this to you from our "Savage Jesus" series which just keeps going. This is now the longest series that I've ever preached. I didn't intend it, I just got stuck in it. But we've been just tracking this man named Jesus that we thought we knew so much about and he keeps shocking us and surprising us. We realize that we can spend our whole lives studying about him and only begin to glimpse how great he is. And also how revolutionary his life was and his time here on Earth. So, we want to pick up in Mark 6 today. We're in for a real treat today because we get to see Jesus take a trip back home and we get to see the response to his ministry from those who knew him as a little boy. We'll get to evaluate that in the light of our own lives. I want to read you the scripture and then take some time teaching it today. Very excited about this particular message.

The scripture says in Mark 6:1, "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"? It's going good right? Wow, this guy's good. Whoa. Write that down. Hey this is amazing. But then something shifts in the tone of the text. This is where we'll spend our time trying to discern the difference between their amazement in that verse and their annoyance in the next one. " 'Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son, 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.' " This next part I know you think they made a mistake when they typed it in for the screen because it says that Jesus "Could not..". And we're not used to seeing anything that he can't do.

So I know you think I need to fire the production team who put the scripture up. That it should say he would not. That he was unwilling to. But it actually says he could not. He was unable to. There was one thing that even Jesus was not able to do and it was to override the unbelief of the people that he wanted to heal, that he wanted to serve, that he wanted to save. But the Bible says that when Jesus came home he could not "...do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them". And it's interesting because when we started the passage the people were amazed at Jesus. But now when we come to this verse Jesus is amazed at the people. And the only time we see Jesus unable to do something in scripture, and the only time we see Jesus amazed in scripture is in regards to faith. It says he was amazed at their lack of faith. There was something he wanted to do for the people that he couldn't do for the people because of something that was within the people. That's what I want to speak about today.

The Title of this message is "Trapped in Nazareth". Trapped in Nazareth. And on your way to your seat look at the person next to you and say you seem stuck. Sometimes people think Jesus was from Bethlehem. He was born in Bethlehem. "Oh little town of Bethlehem. How still we see thee light". But he was born in Bethlehem. He grew up in Nazareth. That's where this passage takes place. Not where he was born. But where he was raised, in Nazareth. Not where he did most of his ministry. He didn't do most of his ministry in the place where he grew up because sometimes in order to be used by God you have to leave what is familiar. That's an important point and we'll cover it more fully but I just want to tell you a little bit about Nazareth which is 25 miles southwest of Capernaum. That was his base. That's where he set up shop and moved around that Sea of Galilee to do miracles. That's where his fame was being published. When it says in verse 1, "Jesus left there" he didn't leave the place where he was ministering and go back home because it wasn't working out, he left his success to go back to where he started.

Isn't that interesting? He didn't go back because he needed a room in Mary's basement, you know, or to sleep on the coach for a little while, while they raised some funds for the ministry. He wasn't go-funding me and trying to get it off the ground. He was in fact, going back home for a specific purpose. Which we know because it says this important detail. That he took his disciples with him. Now, why is it important that he took his squad? If I may call them a squad. Just to modernize the text a little bit. If the Bible were written today it would say he went accompanied with his squad. He went with them and he went back to the people who he grew up with and he took them with him. Now that's important, why? Because he's taking them as a part of their training. He is commissioning them to change the world and he takes them back. I'll never forget when I took Holly to Moncks Corner for the first time. She was so bored and she acted so interested. And I knew I found the woman I wanted. Because she pretended like Moncks Corner was the most fascinating city in the United States of America.

Now, she had traveled by this point to 49 of the United States. She had seen many thing and so I know there was nothing special about Moncks Corner but boy she made me feel like she was interesting in Sonic where we hung out every Friday night, just different landmarks like this that were important to my development. Jesus did take any of the disciples home to show 'em around. He has a purpose. He's not making a detour. He's not even coming home for Thanksgiving. He's not checking in. It's not been awhile. He's actually coming home for a purpose. He's coming home for a purpose. While he is there he is invited to give the guest lecture in the synagogue on the Sabbath day. As he does that, as he stands up to teach the people notice that there is something about him that they did not notice when he lived among them. 'Cause he'd been there for a long time. But now that he's been gone for a while they see him differently when he comes back. Since I already read the whole passage to you we may as well talk about the fact that Jesus was rejected by those who were the closest to him. He found wider acceptance among the sinners than he did the religious. In fact, one way that the prophet said it was he came into his own and his own received him not.

That's a very sad place to be by the way when the people closest to you don't appreciate you, don't support you, and don't express their love to you. In fact, I have met grown men who are still trying to prove something to their dead dad who never said I'm proud of you. There's something about when you wanted approval from somebody who was closest to you and we all have these people in our lives that we really, desperately, crave for them to tell us that not only what we do matters to them but that they admire us. As a man, maybe it's a man thing I don't know, if you can help me sort this out whether this is a gender thing or whether it's across the board. I wanna be admired by the people who really know me. That means something to me. Because I figure I can fake everybody else out. But if the people who are closest to me, and know me the most, if they don't think I'm full of crap, I'm doing something. Talk to me. I love how y'all look at me confused like you're not full of crap sometimes. You know how you're real nice to the server at the restaurant but you yell at your wife. Like that. Like that thing that just made you go ugh it's too early.

So the pain of wanting someone close to you to notice. Have you ever just wanted someone to notice? Come on. I know you're sitting next to 'em so we gotta play it straight. Have you ever wanted somebody to just notice? This is why I make Holly preach occasionally, 'cause I just want her to know how freakin' hard it is. That's why she leaves me with all of the kids occasionally. 'Cause she just wants me to know this is not as easy as I make it look, OK? So every once in a while, I gotta leave these demons, I mean, blessings from the Lord so you can know. So you can know. And yet what amazed me about the life of Jesus was how often the people closest to him took him for granted. Isn't that what happens? You know this. Sometimes when you get too close to something it becomes too common. Remember, these people had a hard time seeing Jesus as their deliverer because they had seen Jesus in diapers. It's kinda hard to believe he's gonna save the world when you knew him in his terrible twos.

Did Jesus have terrible twos? I don't know. That's a theological question for another time. But it's kinda hard sometimes to see the miracle in something that you have become familiar with. He quotes a saying because these people that he grew up around don't seem to receive him on the same level that the Gentiles even, who were not known to associate with the Jews, and in fact, were known in many ways to be resistant to the Jewish religion, had no problem welcoming him. In fact, when he showed up for them they came in droves to hear him speak but now he's back home and the disciples must have been shocked 'cause I know they were looking forward to this. They're taking the show back home and certainly we're gonna get to see the impact of the ministry in this small town. Nazareth isn't a big place. Nazareth is only like a couple hundred people. The only reason you know the name Nazareth is 'cause Jesus put it on the map. Before Jesus Nazareth was unknown.

So, going back to Nazareth 25 miles from where we're doing all this great ministry, going through the precipitous cliffs of Arbel all of these routes that they would travel. The seven-mile major trade route. As they're going don't you know Peter was excited. I can't wait to show 'em what Jesus can do. Boy they're gonna be shocked when they see what you've become. He's going back home. Bieber is going back to Canada. Drake is going back to Toronto. Jesus is going back home to Nazareth and he's preaching and it's amazing. They're amazed. That's good. Preach Jesus. That's good. And all of a sudden somebody said, "Wait. He's one of us". The moment they categorized him as one of us, he became common. The moment you categorize something as common that was sent to be special, you trip over the miracle because you miss it in the mundane.

Yes, Lord I'll preach it just like that. God said for me to tell some of you husbands that some of the things that you used to be amazed about in the woman that you married are some of the same things you're complaining about eight years in. Drop the mic Furtick, you said it. You know how it is. It's some of the things that are amazing when a relationship begins. "Oh he's just so amazing. He's just mysterious". OK. I want to holler at you in 11 years about how mysterious he is and how amazing it is. 'Cause in 11 years you might be mad that he won't talk. It was sexy that he was mysterious, it was amazing. But now what was amazing is annoying. Let me help the fellas out. You know how she looks amazing when she comes out for a date? The reason she looks amazing is because you don't yet have a glimpse into the process by which she looks amazing.

And I promise you something about the process that it takes to make her look amazing. It's gonna be two hours of you waiting. I'm not preaching about me. He quotes a Proverb, "A prophet is without honor only in his hometown". In other words, sometimes the people who are the closest treat it the most common. This is the principle that we would summarize by saying familiarity breeds contempt. But I'll tell you something else. It also breeds complacency. When something is so close to you for so long. When God puts something in your midst that is magnificent and miraculous but you live among it long enough. Sometimes you have been around it so long that you cease to be amazed by it. You start taking things for granted. In one way if people take you for granted, I want you to know it's a compliment. It's a compliment to your consistency. If people take you for granted, this is why your kids never say thank you. Because they always eat.

Starve 'em three days. Cut the water off for a week. You know, the reason they don't thank you for it, is 'cause it's always there. I had to understand this about preaching. 'Cause when I started preaching people were always pinching my cheek, "Oh that was so good". And one day they stopped pinching my cheek. At first I was offended 'cause I thought they didn't appreciate me. Then I realize that maybe it wasn't that I wasn't preaching good anymore, maybe I had preached consistently well enough for long enough that they no longer felt the need to pat my bottom to get me to do it again. This is what I teach our staff at Elevation Church. I'll say, you know you're getting good at something when people stop telling you that you did a good job. Because it just becomes what they expect from you. They'll stop complimenting you because you're consistent.

So when they stop complimenting you, that in itself is a compliment. In other words, if I'm telling you thank you so much for doing this on time. That's not a compliment. Translation: You are so unreliable and undependable that I am literally shocked that you got you stuff together for once. Thank you for making your bed. What are you 12? I expect you to do it. You're supposed to do it. You don't have to thank me for preaching. I preach 'cause it's fire shut up in my bones. Woe unto me if I do not preach the gospel. If you wanna send me a gift card I'll spend it but I don't have to have it. I don't have to have it. Touch somebody say, "I don't need it". Not to survive on. Because I have matured like Jesus to the point that even when they did not see him for who he was he still did what he could. He could not do many miracles but he did what he could. Unappreciated? What he could. Uncelebrated? What he could. Unnoticed? What he could. Unrecognized? What he could. Taken for granted? What he could.

Here's the danger. While it is a compliment to you when people take you for granted, it is a danger to them. Because what is consistently, hear me Lake Norman, what is consistently taken for granted is eventually taken away. Here comes Jesus to his hometown, Nazareth. And he's coming with the same healing power that resurrected a 12-year-old girl in Mark 5. That healed a woman with the issue of blood. She didn't take Jesus for granted. She knew she had one shot to get to him and she wasn't gonna throw away her shot. She knew this might be the only chance that I have. It's funny to me, people come to Elevation sometimes from other parts of the country and it always shames some of us who live here because it's in our backyard and it's on their bucket list. They're excited. They got the VIP brochure. They got a Elevation worship hoodie on with a Elevation youth hat on, and they know all the songs better than the people who live in Waxhaw.

It's kinda crazy to us because they come with a spirit of worship. They're early. They don't complain about the parking'. They didn't have to deal with it 'cause they got there early. It puts some of us to shame because what's on their bucket list is in our backyard. Sometimes we can take something for granted. I'm guilty of it sometimes that God has given me the privilege to pastor such a wonderful, beautiful, church full of such diversity of thought, diversity of ethnicity, diversity of income, diversity of background, diversity of strength. Sometimes I can let it become just another Sunday but the Devil is a liar. This is not common. This is not common. This is not common and I will not take these things for granted. I will not allow my miracle to become trapped in my familiarity. Hear what I said 'cause you might've clapped over it. I will not allow my miracle to become trapped in my familiarity.

Jesus comes to Nazareth full of healing, full of resurrection, full of blind-eye-opening power, full of deaf-ear-opening power, full of lame-to-walk blind-to-see power, full of dead-raising power. All that power shows up in a little town like Nazareth and Jesus has not lost any power on the 25-mile journey through the cliffs of Arbel. But the people have lost their appreciation of his power. Since they have lost their appreciation for his power, they have limited the potential for his power to be released into their lives. I wonder has it happened to some of us. When we first got saved we were grateful. It felt good to be forgiven. It felt good to be free. It felt good to have something to live for. It felt good to have an orientation in life that was not us on a throne. It felt good to not need people to tell us what we were worth because we had been bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. But something happens because we don't have to sacrifice bulls and goats and pigeons and doves and bulls and since we don't have to smell the blood of the sacrifice sometimes we can become complacent and treat the blood of Jesus, which was shed for us, as a common thing. Because we don't feel it. And because we don't feel it we begin to become familiar with it.

When you become familiar with it sometimes you miss the power of it. Some of you are tripping over your miracle because it's been in front of you so long you have stopped being amazed. I came with a word for somebody. Stay amazed. Don't get jaded by it. Don't start to back up and put your hands in your pocket and act like you got yourself here. If we can get honest you know you still need that same grace. If it wasn't still flowing you wouldn't be still breathing. Don't play me like that. There's some stuff in your life that if it had not been for the Lord on you... High-five five people tell 'em I'm still amazed. Stay amazed by it. Don't get too comfortable with it. Don't start thinking' you earned what you first received. Don't start acting like God owes you a favor to leave you on the planet. Every day is a gift. Every breath is a gift. Now let's do what David said, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord". Let everything that has hands clap those hands. All ye people and shout unto God with a voice of triumph.

When God comes in a common way, we trip over Him in our process of trying to get to something that we think is important, we trip, her's, her's what they said, "Isn't this the carpenter"? They trippin'. THey're trippin', they thought He was trippin'. Who does He think He is? This guy is trippin'. I love how they call him, "This man". This dude, it's only 500 people in the town, you know good and well what His name is. But they gave Him a different name, watch what they called Him, "The carpenter". Common. This one, this one's even better, "Isn't this Mary's son"? You don't do that in Jewish custom. You call the child by the name of his father. Now maybe at this point Joseph's dead but even if Joseph is dead, you still call him by the name of the father, unless you don't know exactly who his father is. Remember, Jesus came from questionable circumstances. Mary said it was God, but none of us saw the pregnancy test, that angel didn't tell us she as telling the truth.

So we know Mary's His mom, she's got the same nose, but that daddy thing. They, that baby might have, I don't know. Mary was talking to Tom, they spent a lot of time together. It has circulated. You see, Nazareth is a small town. You didn't grow up in a small town, so you don't know how it goes in a small town. It didn't take long, for this rumor to become embedded. Where did He come from? None of us really know. It wasn't what He did that they doubted it was where He came from. Where did He come from? From Nazareth. He was one of them, and so they looked at Him for a minute, oh this is good and then they remembered, "Wait, He's one of us. He cant be special. He came from us". What would make them think like that? What was it about Nazareth that had them trapped in their perception? Okay, now we need Nathaniel, 'cause you know, Christmas time, everybody always sings, "Mary did you know". But Mary wasn't even in church that day. She wasn't even there, she wasn't even in the synagogue. You don't hear this preached from pulpits a lot, I think because it's hard to tie up with a bow, Jesus' family thought He was crazy during the three years of His ministry.

In Mark 3, they came to get Him from Capernium. They came to bring Him back home because He had gotten', here's how we say it in the south: too big for His bridges. That's a southern sayin'. Bridges being our pants. I don't know how you say it back home. I went to Australia, in Australia they call it 'tall poppy'. It means, when you get too high, you want to grow up too high, somebody needs to cut you down. This is what's happening in Nazareth, they're like, "Oh it's good. Oh the healer is here. Wait a minute, Mary's boy? This is too familiar. This feels like us". And when it felt like them, something within them caused them to push it away. We only see why in John 1, and I'm so God, I'm so glad that God gave us four Gospels, 'cause Mark puts one perspective, Matthew puts one, Luke puts one. In Luke 4, it says that they were so offended, scandalone is the Greek word, it means to set a trap.

They were so offended they became trapped in their offense. And God's power could not operate at its full capacity because their mentality was trapped, in their offense. Why were they so offended? What was it about Nazareth and the people of Nazareth? Other than the fact that they grew up around Jesus, was there something else, there had to be something else for them to push away, to have sickness in their village but push away the one that could heal them. For them to have demon possession oppressing their children but send away the One who could make the demons shriek and run out of town. What was it about Nazareth that made them push away the One that came to set them free? What was it about Nazareth?

Well, Nathaniel's gonna tell us. Nathaniel doesn't get a lot of speaking parts in the Bible, so let's pay close attention. It's very uncommon that Nathaniel speaks, but the Bible tells us one thing that He said, that this whole text and our entire understanding of why God often cannot do what He wants to do in our lives, it hinges on this, because when Philip came to find Nathaniel he was excited about Jesus. This is when Jesus was first assembling His squad. This is before He sent them out to do any miracles and Philip comes running up to his friend Nathaniel, he's called Nathaniel in John's Gospel, other writers call him Bartholomew. He had an alias, here he's called Nathaniel and Philip comes to Nathaniel, 'cause sometimes the first thing you do when you really meet Jesus is drag people with you.

Sometimes when God really gets ahold of your life, you will bribe people into coming to church with you, you'll buy 'em Starbucks to get them to sit with you in church, 'cause you know how messed up they are, but you can't tell them that but if you drag them into this church and let me open the Bible, God will tell them and together the Holy Spirit in you can get him fixed. And so you say, "Come with me to church". And they say, "I don't' like church". And you say, "Well this isn't normal church". And they say, "I've been to church before, I heard about that evolution church". "Yeah, that's the church, you're coming with me. Now shut up and come".

And so Philip found Nathaniel, John 1:45, and said, "We've found the One - somebody shout, "We found Him". This is the one whom Moses wrote about in the Law, whom the prophets also wrote - watch - Jesus of Nazareth - where's he from again? Nazareth - the son of Joseph". And Nathaniel's reaction, helped me to understand why the people of Nazareth resisted Jesus and missed His miracles. And it helped me understand why I tend to push people away sometimes. And it helped me understand why sometime I reject the love people are trying to give, but really I'm rejecting something else. 'Cause when Philip said, "We found the one". Nathaniel was excited. But when he said where he was from, Jesus of Nazareth, Philip said, 46, "Nazareth! let me do this in my best AI voice, practice - Nazareth! Nazareth? You talkin' about Nazareth?

Watch what He says, it hinges on this. I thought they only rejected Jesus and took offense and were trapped, scandalone on to set a trap, I thought they were offended by Jesus because they were so familiar with Him, but now I think the reason the rejected Jesus is because they rejected themselves. Apparently Nazareth had a reputation. Because the first thing Nathaniel said was - Nazareth! Can anything good come from there"? That's how I feel about myself sometimes, you know? 'Cause I know myself and when they took offense at Him, at first, I was angry with them, then I realized, they weren't really rejecting Him, they had a reputation, Nazareth is a backwoods town. Nazareth is on nobody's bucket list. They talk funny in Nazareth. It's not like Jerusalem, it's not a very religious place, Nazareth! You mean the boy with the baby daddy, who we're not even sure, Nazareth? He came from us?

It wasn't that they couldn't believe what He did, they couldn't believe it came from them. His miracles to them, were remarkable, but when they tried to reconcile the fact that He was one of them, with what He was doing, they couldn't reconcile the fact that something good could come from us. And when you have a view of yourself that has been shaped, year after year, even generation after generation, by stereotypes, or by generalizations or by failures, it comes to a point where you really start to believe that nothing good can come from you. And some of you are right there today, trapped, in Nazareth, 'cause you got some things in your past, and some of them aren't even your fault, but just because it wasn't your fault, doesn't mean it's not your prison. And in this room there is sexual molestation that happened 23 years ago and still dominates your perception of what your future can be.

And there are many in this room who are still imprisoned in a failed relationship, the relationship failed five years ago but you are living in it this very moment, Nazareth. Can anything good come from someone like me? He's just like us. He's one of us, and they were amazed at first and then they began to despise what they were first amazed at, when they realized, wait a minute, He's one of us. There is a part of us that is able to believe that God is great. But when we try to reconcile the fact of His greatness, with the reality of our brokenness, we start to feel like these people, and we push Jesus away and it's not that we can't believe that He's great, it's just that we can't believe that anything good could come from our life because there's so much that I don't know and there's so much that I should have done and so much that I shouldn't have done and now I'm trapped in Nazareth because, "See, I've made some mistakes and I know that Jesus is a healer and I know he's amazing and I know He's a miracle worker, it's not His miracle working power that's in question here. It's me! I'm trapped in Nazareth".

It's me and I'm gonna preach 'til of your facade comes falling off, because you come in this church and you look at me a certain way, and you come with this sterile approach to God, but He can't do what He really wants to do in your life because you're trapped in Nazareth. And so you'll listen to me preach and you'll sing a few songs, and you'll say a few prayers but Jesus is limited in what He can do in your life because you're trapped in what you were. Nazareth was so unknown and so disregarded that Nathaniel's first response was, "Not Nazareth! Not Nazareth"! Like the devil tells you, "Not you! You really think you can raise those kids? You never saw it done. What makes you think you're gonna be any better than your dad was"? It's what tells you, "You can't". It's what can be in the proximity of the power of God, but not receive, they were right there but they resisted and rejected it. And yet it wasn't Jesus they were rejecting, it was that they had been rejected.

When people have said something about you long enough, you start to believe it's really true. And I am convinced that the people of Nazareth that day, were not rejecting Jesus as much as they were rejecting themselves. See, you have to develop your view of who God is. Through the prism of who you think you are and if you believe the rest of your life that you are worthless it will be very hard for you to worship a God who thought you were worth dying for. As a matter of fact, I wanna help set somebody free who has been disappointed because somebody rejected you. A lot of times they're not rejecting you, a lot of times what they are rejecting is something that had nothing to do with you. And sometimes they push you away because there's something pushing on the inside of them.

A lot of what we experience as rejection is really just projection. It's people who have been disappointed, who have been hurt, and now you're thinking, "What's wrong with me? Why doesn't she appreciate me"? It's not you she doesn't appreciate, it's that she can't appreciate herself, because she has not yet healed from something. Sometimes when people are pushing you away, it's not even about you. Stop being so self centered. Stop thinking that people are responding to you. People have real hurts. People have real issues, sometimes they cant get over what happened to them to celebrate you. Will you love them anyway? Are you strong enough in God, is your relationship with Him strong enough to know that what they say about me doesn't change who I am. Men's denial cannot block my destiny. Jesus was still a prophet whether they knew it or not, whether they celebrated Him or not. Whether they rolled out a red carpet or ran Him out of town, He knew who He was.

Do you know who you are? Or do you need people to tell you who you are? Because if you let people tell you who you are, they'll say, "You're just a carpenter". They'll say, "You're just a single mom". They'll say, "You'll just a teenager". They'll say, "You're just a divorcee". But if you know who God is, you realize, your life is not defined by an event, oh as a matter of fact, it's actually is, that event happened on a hill called Calvary, where He shed His blood for me, where the precious Lamb of God looked at me through time and said, "I'll die for him" So now I know, that I am accepted by Him. And I love Jesus' tenacity, 'cause a lot of us, if we would have been rejected, in our home town, that would have been enough to kill our mission. But what I want to show you, for everybody who has been rejected, or has been rejecting the Grace that God has been trying to give you. Sometimes you're rejecting yourself, is that something good can come from Nazareth. I said, "Something good can come from Nazareth".

And I wanna tell you another thing while I got you here. You don't have to stay where you started, how many praise God for that? I don't have to stay, I don't have to stay where I started, I don't have to be who I was. I don't have to be trapped in Nazareth. Now don't go home and tell your husband you're leaving, like he's Nazareth. People will abuse my little sermon sometimes, take 'em out of context, don't be quittin' your job like it's Nazareth. You gotta montage to pay bro, and I need you to tithe, so keep that job. Keep that job. Maybe Nazareth isn't a place, maybe it's a perspective. That's where we get trapped. Not where we are but what we think about where we are. Jesus could have done it in Nazareth, they just weren't willing to receive it. And watch what He did, because this is what somebody under the sound of my voice needs to do today, and I don't know why, but I feel like when I show you this, it's gonna help you understand how to get unstuck.

That's something that has been playing like it's on repeat on your play list over and over in your mind, that you can't get out of, it could be a failure, it could be a friend that left you, it could be somebody you keep trying to prove yourself to but you'll never prove yourself to them because they've never prove them self to them self so how are you gonna get their approval if they don't approve of them self? This is what's gonna help you, because I never saw it before, 'cause I preached this passage. One day I'm gonna do a whole series called, "I apologize". And it's goin to be all the passages that I preached and I screwed them up and Imma go back and apologize to their passages of Scriptures in a whole series. And this is installment one, I apologize for stopping in verse six, because often I would stop right here and say, "He was amazed at their lack of faith". But right there in the same verse, where it says, "He was amazed at their lack of faith" - right there in that same verse where it said He was rejected by the people who should have respected Him the most, have you ever felt that way?

It could be a parent. It could be a child that you've done the most for, the only people that can really hurt you are the ones that you really love. There's nothing like being rejected by people that you expected more from. And even had the right the expect more from. He should have been able to do 10 times the miracles in Nazareth. He should have been able to do much more for the people who already knew Him. And that could have been enough to stop Him. Soft Jesus would have stopped in Nazareth. "Oh I'm sorry, y'all think I'm taking it too far? I'll tone it down, I apologize, I'm so sorry, I wont say these things anymore. I'm sorry, I won't heal anybody if y'all don't like it, I'll go back to the carpenter's shop. It's cool, but please don't make fun of me".

We get so worried about rejection, that we miss God's next direction for our life. And the moment you understand that many of the rejections that we experience are really redirections, you will no longer be trapped in Nazareth. Some of us have gotten bitter. Offended, we're trapped. Scandolone. To set a trap. Trapped in Nazareth. What is Nazareth? The place that people said you couldn't, the place where who was supposed to be there wasn't there, the place where you failed and you had great expectations and you disappointed them. Here's what happens next. He was amazed at their lack of faith, then Jesus - so rejection is not the end. 'Cause the next thing He did after they rejected Him in Nazareth, watch this - went around teaching from village to village, calling the twelve to Him - He's already called them to be His disciples, now He can release them into their ministry - calling the twelve to Him.

God I love your Word, thank you for showing me this. 'Cause I thought rejection meant it was over, but when I read this, I realized that some of our greatest blessings can only come on the other side of rejection - He began to send them out, two by two, and gave them authority over impure spirits". These are His instructions, "Take nothing for the journey except the staff". Touch somebody and say, "You don't need it, you don't need it. Whatever you don't have you don't need it. Whatever they didn't give you, you don't need it. Whatever they didn't say, you don't need it. Whatever wasn't put in your path, you don't need it, don't take it with you. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt, - verse 10 - whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town, and if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place".

Don't you stay trapped in Nazareth. Don't you spend the rest of your life trying to prove yourself to people. Don't you spend the rest of your life apologizing for a weak season. If they don't welcome you, if it doesn't work out there, you cant get it right this time, leave that place. Leave that place. It's not an address, it's not a zip code, it's a perspective. And shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them". This must be why He brought the disciples to Nazareth, because He wanted to show them what to do with rejection. And He knew that they were not ready to be released in ministry until they had first been rejected. The road to resurrection is paved with rejection.
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