This week we looked at the first 13 verses and summed it up like this: "Sharing Jesus with Others."
The Bible divides these verses into two sections which makes sense. It's interesting how they relate to one another...
Jesus in his home town (vv. 1-6) suggests that we can expect our family members and close friends to reject the Jesus we believe in simply because they know us.
Jesus sending out the 12 disciples (vv. 7-13) suggests that we need to share Jesus with others even though they may reject him. Our responsibility is to "Share Jesus with Others," it is not our responsibility that they accept him.
A couple of things to think about...
1. Do we respect and honor our own pastor the same way we do a visiting evangelist or prophet? Do we expect the same results after they're done preaching?
2. If Jesus was amazed at the lack of faith of the people from his hometown and was only able to "lay hands on a few sick people and heal them," what does that say about our faith if we are not seeing healings and miracles?
3. How often do I not share Jesus with others because I expect them to reject him?