Taking God for Granted

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.” (Lk.4:18-22)

We are too familiar with Jesus and the Bible that we ignore its significance in our lives.

Familiarity Breeds Contempt

For the people of Nazareth Jesus was their “neighborhood boy”, the “son of Joseph the carpenter”. They knew all about him too well that they had forgotten what the angel had told he would do. They had taken for granted the prophetic announcements in the Scriptures about his coming. They had overcome the shock of his supernatural birth. They couldn’t care less.

There are too many things standing in the way of people accepting Jesus as the only Savior- His biological background, his human relationships, his supernatural claims, his uneducated and imperfect disciples, his indisciplined followers around the world, and so on. But that will not excuse them from their accountability.

We Christians are too familiar with the Bible and we take it easy when it comes to studying it and meditating on it ourselves. Jesus said “I am the bread of life”. Like the people of Nazareth we are, in effect, throwing Him out from our lives, as they did from their town. The consequence is catastrophic.


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