And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:53-58
Unfortunately, not everyone has a big happy family that makes holidays special.
Some of you might be saying, “Christmas was going pretty well, and then the relatives came…..”
Sometimes it is our own families who are the hardest to get along with. They try our faith the most.
There is a long line of family problems listed in the Bible, and Jesus was acquainted with this trouble too, while He walked this earth.
He was rejected by religious leaders who should have embraced Him. He was ridiculed in the places where He grew up, as this verse stated, “And they were offended in Him.”
They knew Him as a child, and were not willing to recognize Him as the Savior of the World.
Do you ever feel that family members have a hard time forgetting your past, and that they make you feel of little worth because of it? Even though you’ve been forgiven by the most high God, maybe they refuse to forgive you, and try to make you feel bad?
Jesus didn’t do many miracles in the place where He grew up, as there was so much unbelief.
How many blessings do we miss out on when family troubles take away our peace, joy, happiness, and goodness?
We can have some encouragement if we are in that position. Jesus understands. He felt rejected and of little value to the people that should have cared about Him and loved Him enormously.
Here is a very encouraging passage of scripture for you:
When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. Psalm 27:10
Family members might make us feel unworthy, unloved, and discouraged, but God sees a lot of value in us—value enough for Jesus to give His life for us!
Dear Lord, Thank You again for Your great love. When others find us unworthy, and dislike us, and devalue us, we can know that You care enormously about us. Jesus, You felt the pain of dejection and loneliness. Thank You for giving us hope and love. You could have chosen all the important, wealthy, influential people of the world, but You chose the lowly, the dejected, the lonely, maimed, sick, and sinners of the world too. I don’t understand how You can find any worth in me, but I feel Your presence daily, and I am grateful. Amen!
Another thought is that with the Lord we have an extended family of believers who we can consider our loved ones too:
Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! Matthew 12: 47-49
You are part of God’s family. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we become heirs with Christ, the sons and daughters of the most high God!