Christ Through New Eyes

Posted: Sunday, December 6, 2009 in Luke, New Testament
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Luke 4:24-30
“I tell you the truth,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.” All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

As we continue to walk with the Lord through his word, we are once again confronted with the issue of a prophet not being accepted in his hometown. Three times over in as many books of the Bible, the same issue is echoed and there must be some relevance to it. Jesus reflects on the life and ministry of Elijah and talks about how God used him to minister to a widow in Sidon rather than to the many in Israel. He then talks about Elisha and the issue of many lepers not being healed in Israel but only a Syrian. What is the issue here? Why would the locals find it so difficult to accept one of their own and rather trust someone they don’t know? What is the Lord speaking to us today?

I was born in a Christian home and went to Church all my childhood days. Jesus Christ was preached, taught and accepted as God but I did not put my faith in him until my eyes were opened far away from home. I accepted Christ when I saw evidence of lives impacted by him in Bangalore and saw people who lived with motives not of this world but of Christ. Instead of looking critically at Christ through my skeptical eyes that grew weary of the agenda being pushed in my face, it was easier to see him with open eyes when I was away. This does not mean Christ was different at home and elsewhere but just that we tend to get critical of such things when we live with it in our homes. Similarly, for the locals of the land where Jesus was born and raised, they could not imagine trusting him as their Lord but it would be easier to put their faith in someone they did not know whom they experienced anew. Are you living in a dead relationship with Christ or not in one at all? Why don’t you explore him through new eyes by stepping out of your comfort zone and experience what a real SAVIOR means.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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