Matthew 13:53-58 “Do You Have Preconceived Ideas?”
Do you have preconceived ideas about people? Matthew shows us our mindset about those who have lived amongst us, moved away and have returned. Try to imagine yourself in the synagogue listening to Jesus teach. Do you react similarly or do you react differently?
After Jesus taught the parables he returned to Nazareth where he began to teach in the local synagogue. As the people listened they were astonished and asked where he got all of this wisdom and miraculous powers. The Nazarenes were much like us. We live in a certain place and become familiar with those in our vicinity. The town gossip has traveled from house to house and all “know.” Nathanael reveals our mindset: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Jesus was the person who moved away and has returned. If you were there how would you have received him?
Now ask yourself what evidence do you feel you need to believe Jesus is the Son of God? Are you like the Pharisees that need a sign? Are you like these Nazarenes who were astonished? How about when a popular movie star says they got “saved.” Do you question their words? Will you be “watching” to see if they are “truly saved?”
Humanly speaking, more often, than not we form opinions beforehand without adequate evidence. Yet when we come face to face with the Messiah we either like Nathanael recognize Jesus as the Son of God or like the Nazarenes deny Him. It was because of their unbelief Jesus could not do many miracles there as He had done elsewhere.
Can you relate? Where are you?