Do you ever tune into Family Feud and marvel at the family’s response to a very blockheaded answer? The host might ask, “We asked a hundred people, what is their favorite pet?” And then cousin Bill says, “Well, uh, Steve, a Tyrannosaurus Rex.” Without fail, the family applauds wildly and repeats, “Good answer!” After all, family supports each other. Unless, of course, you have Jesus’ family. The Messiah gave all the right answers to the questions, performed unbelievable miracles, taught with authority, and His family and hometown neighbors consistently jeered and replied, “Wrong answer.”
Right Answer, Wrong Response
The Rejection of Jesus
Even though Jesus has demonstrated through signs and teaching that He is in fact the Messiah, He still faces rejection from those closest to Him. The crowd references His profession to point out His humble station as a blue-collar worker. They then call Him the son of Mary, as opposed to the normative son of Joseph, to hint at His unusual birth account. Even after years of living a perfect life, His detractors still imply that His mother conceived out of wedlock. His hometown crowd basically calls Him a son of a promiscuous woman. Jesus, the perfect man, God in the flesh, the embodiment of love, mercy, grace, and truth faces rejection from those closest to Him. If even Jesus faces denunciation, what should His followers expect?
This passage in Mark immediately precedes Jesus sending out the twelve disciples on their respective missions. By showing them His own hometown’s rebuff, He teaches the men a valuable lesson about the Christian mission: expect rejection. As believers of Jesus Christ, we too should expect friction and tension from others when we share Christ. Jesus’ lordship demands nothing short of death to receive life. We bring a message encouraging people to get off their manmade thrones and bow before the true King on His true throne. Naturally people will bristle at this message. Instead of discouragement when we face rejection, we can rejoice knowing that we walk the same path our precious Savior walked two thousand years ago.
This story of Jesus facing rejection from His family and neighbors might hit close to home for you. Many of us feel isolated and distant from our families because of our faith in Christ. Take heart knowing that Jesus welcomes you into His family. He intimately knows the struggle you face, and He knows how to strengthen you to endure through the pain. Once you accept the invitation into Jesus’ family you might find yourself experiencing Family Feud moments. You, like Uncle Bill, might give what seems like a really silly answer to the rest of your earthly family. Look to Jesus. He stands at the head of your heavenly family applauding you, saying over and over again, “Good answer!”
How does knowing Jesus faced rejection comfort you in your times of rejection? How can you remind yourself of your true family in Christ?
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