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November
29
2020

Familiarity

This time of the year even with a so-called pandemic going on there is the comfort of knowing that Christmas is only a few days away. We are beginning to hear those familiar Christmas Carols on the radio, sing the Christmas hymns in during our Church service. And yes, there is one thing that has me concerned the United States Postal service has no new Christmas stamps this year that celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus. Maybe the United States Postal Service is all to familiar with the baby Jesus in a manger and not familiar enough with the reason why he left heaven in the first place-which we will celebrate in a few short months when we celebrate Easter. As you read Mark 6:1-6 in your Bible, we learn something that happen most often when people are all to familiar with someone.  Jesus returned to his hometown in which he grew up in- Nazareth. He was born in Bethlehem according to Matthew 1:18-25. People in Nazareth remember know Jesus and his family quiet well.  They know that Jesus learned carpentry from his earthly father Joseph because he was a carpenter before he began his public ministry. They know his mom as they make reference to her as they question one another, and they know his siblings as well as they call them by name.  What would bring all of this about in a Saturday synagogue meeting? Jesus preaching in the power of the Lord, rightly dividing the word of God and applying to people’s lives right where they were at in life.  The whole town remembers Jesus growing up and now he is preaching with wisdom, healing people, setting people free from demonic possession, even nature and death bow down to his authority. But in Nazareth, the people’s familiarity leads to unbelief in who Jesus really is. Jesus teaches his disciples then as well as us today an important truth: a prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household. The reason is familiarity can bring out the worst in us toward those we are very familiar with.  Just think about this: have you become so familiar with the Christmas story that you have lost the wonder of it all? During this Christmas season please take the time to seek the Lord Jesus. Please do not let familiarity with the story of Christ birth lead to unbelief in your life. The Lord gave us a promise in Jeremiah 29:11a-14 that if we seek him with all of our heart that we would find him. I do believe that you seek after the Lord with all of your heart he will keep his promise and let you have a fresh encounter with him. Your fresh encounter with the risen Savior will give you the hope that only God himself can give you and your family this Christmas season.

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