Chapter 13 has been one of the richest of our study together in the Gospel according to Matthew. He has gone to great lengths, chapter after chapter, to show that Jesus truly is the long awaited Messiah. All of the foretold wisdom & power are found in Him. And even those of Jesus' own home town are quick to confess as much. And yet we read, "they took offense at Him. So what's the problem?
If you are able, please turn in your copy of the Scripture to Matthew chapter 13, verse 53 as we continue our study in God's Word.
53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, 54 and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”58 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.
life application questions
blue = leaders only
growing in truth: Read, Mat,13.53-54.
Jesus, traveled the road to distant towns. He fulfills prophecy, does miracles, and preaches the truth. Then he goes home to Nazareth. On the road or at home what are the similarities or differences in reception. Jesus teaches truth. Does miracles proves his authority over nature and heals people. People watch and listen in awe. People wonder who is he? How can he do these things. Where did he get his wisdom? People reject him.
For what reasons did people take offense at him on the road? He was challenging the people and the authority of the Pharisees over the people by challenging what they taught. (Sermon on the mount... you have heard... but I tell you..... ). He was offering a different answer than they had been expecting. A suffering servant vs a warrior king.
What additional reasons did people have at home in Nazareth for rejecting Jesus?
He was from Nazareth. They knew him and they knew his family. Nazareth was nothing. His family was nothing and so he could not be something.
Read: Mat 13.57-58
The holiday season approaches. Friends and family will be mixing regularly. Does your family take offense at your faith? Are you not able to offer Jesus because they “know” you? What is their objection to you? oh yeh I know her. You know what her nick name was? Do you know what she was up to? Oh yeh little miss innocent. Just the opposite. What is there objection with Jesus? Discuss. He is the exclusive way to salvation. He demands to be recognized as Lord and Savior. He demands you repent. He demands you believe he is God made flesh and rose from the dead. He demands you trust scripture as inspired.
sharing life together: Are there any resources advice the church can give you so that you are prepared to deliver the gospel over the holiday season? Or any time?
living on mission:
Who in your family or among your acquaintances can we as a church commit to pray for over the holiday season? Praying, that some one will present the gospel in an effective way to them? How do we as a church engage our community in the gospel this holiday season?