We probably all know a “nobody” who tries to act like a “somebody”. Jesus was the opposite: He is a very special “Somebody” who became a “nobody”. Paul put it this way in Philippians 2:6-7 “Jesus being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
Here is how that played out: Jesus didn’t fit the image most people had in mind for what a prophet of God should be like let alone a Son of God so they rejected him. And what did that rejection look like? His words weren’t taken seriously because, to them, he was just a local guy _ nobody special _ no big celebrity _ just a carpenter’s son _ just Mary’s son _ just James’ brother.
Can you imagine people so close to Jesus having so little understanding? Can you imagine living right there with him, having him near you, being able to talk to him anytime, being able to listen to his teaching anytime, seeing miracle after miracle and not have a clue about who he is?
Well guess what? All too often we’re just like the people of Nazareth. We reject Jesus far too easily even though he arose from the dead. How you ask?
He calls for radical discipleship, for total commitment, for complete obedience, but we want to pick and choose what we think is important. (See John 14:15) He says that we are to be forgiven as we forgive others and yet we continue to hold on to grudges. (See Matthew 6:12)He said “All things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23) But we continue to hang on to our doubts. He said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12:17) And yet we often do our best to keep it all for ourselves. He said, “The harvest is plentiful…” (Matthew 9:37) and yet we complain that there is never enough. He said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35) And yet we keep looking to the things of this world to satisfy our soul’s deepest needs. We live to please the flesh when we are gasping for the breath of God
We know his words. We can repeat his words and yet at times we’re reluctant to believe his words _ to live his words. When you have a close encounter with the Jesus of the gospels, you encounter one who cannot be dismissed, one whose words are life and truth with a matter of eternal life or death hanging in the balance.
The tragedy is that all too often Jesus is rejected by those who should know him best. Let’s not make that mistake. After all, “God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…” (Philippians 2:9-11)
Wow! Talk about a SOMEBODY! So church “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “ (Isaiah 12:4)