Jesus Get's No Respect
Matt 13:53-58 TITLE: Jesus gets no Respect
SBS: I hope that everyone had a safe and happy fourth of July with no accidents from the fireworks. My dad used to tell me if you blow your arms and legs off don’t come running to me.
Rejection is one of the most painful of all human emotions. Many of us can remember being rejected from a club, a team, or a friendship. What we can’t imagine is that the Lord himself also faced rejection. That whatever rejection we have faced, he has faced it in spite of the fact that he was God on earth.
NO ONE SHOULD REJECT THE TEACHING OF CHRIST AND NO ONE SHOULD FEEL AS IF THEY FACE REJECTION ALONE.
Why was he rejected?
- one HE WAS REJECTED BECAUSE OF PRIDE.
i. Key word here is skandlizw in v. 57.
ii. The words of the hearers are almost heckles.
- Pride causes rejection because of his training. “from where” vv. 54+56 (end of each verse) he was not a trained rabbi
- Pride causes rejection because of his work. V. 55a “carpenter or stone mason; note in Mark he is called not the son but the carpenter
- Pride causes rejection because of his birth. V. 55b
i. Jesus was a Mamzer-that is the point of “son of …”
ii. His brothers were not believers
- HE WAS REJECTED BECAUSE OF PRINCIPLE.
i. Key word here is “without honor” v. 57
ii. Even the greatest experience rejection-this is a principle
- The principle teaches us that rejection can take place where you least expect it.
- The principle teaches us that rejection can take place from people whom you would never expect-our own family. Perhaps some of you are here today who have been rejected by your own family-you are not alone.
- HE WAS REJECTED BECAUSE OF POWER.
i. Key words here are astonished, can mean frightened v. 54
ii. When Jesus tells the disciples that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle that for a rich man to be saved they are astonished, almost afraid, same word. (mat 19:25)
- Great power includes great teaching, but still rejected. V. 54a
- Great power includes great works, but still rejected. V. 54b his home town had seen and heard of his miracles.
It may be that some of you have been rejected, you are not alone. Some of you have rejected the Lord, there is no reason to do so. He offers you forgiveness. I know that I am speaking to people today who deeply feel what it means to be rejected. It may be from your family, it may be from your in-laws, it may be from your parents. Jesus stands ready today to offer you acceptance in the face of rejection.
Campbell Morgan was one of 150 young men who sought entrance to the Wesleyan ministry in 1888. He passed the doctrinal examinations, but then faced the trial sermon. In a cavernous auditorium that could seat more than 1,000 sat three ministers and 75 others who came to listen.
When Morgan stepped into the pulpit, the vast room and the searching, critical eyes caught him up short. Two weeks later Morgan’s name appeared among the 105 REJECTED for the ministry that year.
Jill Morgan, his daughter-in-law, wrote in her book, A MAN OF THE WORD, “He wired to his father the one word, ‘Rejected,’ and sat down to write in his diary: ‘Very dark everything seems. Still, He knoweth best.’ Quickly came the reply: ‘Rejected on earth. Accepted in heaven. Dad.’”