"ISN'T THIS THE CARPENTER, THE SON OF MARY?"
Even though the people of Nazareth heard Jesus teaching and marveled at his wisdom, they rejected him. It was as if they were saying, "Who does he think he is? We knew him as a boy, we know his mother, he's no better than one of us."
The Bible says Jesus was amazed at their lack of faith. His ministry of healing was limited as he would not perform miracles for people against their will. So he sent out his disciples in pairs and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. They were sent with only the clothes on their backs, no bread, no bag, no money. He wanted them to depend and trust on God for their needs. And what of the people who rejected them? The disciples were to "shake the dust from their feet" as a way to warn them of judgment to those who reject the gospel, as was the Jewish custom of cleaning the heathen dirt from their feet hen returning home from foreign lands.
We reenacted this Scripture in the MegaZone on Sunday. We sent disciples in pairs to villages and where they were accepted, they healed people. Where they were unwelcome, they shook the dust from their feet and moved on. Then we had great fun with a "Carpenter's Son" relay race.
What did we learn from this lesson? We learned that in sharing the good news of Jesus we should work together; we should not force our message on the unwilling; we should warn those who reject the gospel; we should trust in God's provision when we take risks for him; and we should know that Jesus will enable those he sends out.
NEXT SUNDAY: Herod makes a terrible decision. How do we allow those around us to influence the decisions we make? Join us in KidZone at 10am!