Rejected Prophets

Luke 4:24   (KJV)   24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.

Not all believers hold the office of a prophet, but we share the task of the prophets in proclaiming God’s Word to the people. Because of that, many of us share the same experience of not being accepted by people who somewhat know us. We’re not adversely affected by this; this is naturally expected. Some people would be hurt or crushed if given even luke-4-24-rejected-prophetsa bit of the treatment we as God’s ambassadors receive. But not us; we grow stronger through every rejection and maltreatment dealt us.

Our precious Lord Jesus Himself is our example. He didn’t just teach this; He experienced it. He came to the world He created, and He was vehemently rejected. But it wasn’t His loss. God is never at a disadvantaged. However hostile people act towards Him, He always comes up on top, and those who treat Him as their enemy always end up at the bottom. How can a refusal of the greatest Being and the source of all blessings be beneficial?  How does that make sense? How can that be a victory for the arrogant?

We’re God’s messengers; nothing stops us. Just because there are those who don’t accept us doesn’t mean no one accepts us. A lot of times, God thrills us with very pleasant surprises that make our hearts jump in extreme delight. He raises up people who understand us, who value us, who reap the benefits of listening to the Word of God we declare, words they believe and receive. It’s not that we’re looking for approval; we don’t serve God just to please men. But it’s amazingly delightful finding ourselves in the company of believers and fellow “prophets.”

Forgiveness Receivable

Acts 10:43  (KJV)   43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Surprise!!! Not really, but pleasant nonetheless. Forgiveness was going to be made available through the Messiah. That was not a newly invented doctrine; it was not an afterthought; the prophets of old have been speaking about it. The audiences may have failed to see it during that time, but it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t shown. That was a real Good News. God in His wisdom, love, mercy, justice, and grace planned that sinners be forgiven. Yes!!! There is a way: the Messiah. No longer were they to stand hopelessly guilty in sin; they now have a “clout.” They no longer had to stand in a sinking and faulty foundation; they have the immovable Christ they can place their entire dependence on.

I love it! The prophets have spoken. We don’t have to live in despair; and we don’t have to invent ineffective ways for us not to live in despair. Failing God, sin – that could be really depressing. The more we love God and the more we desire to obey Him, the more sin saddens us. And since we aren’t yet perfect, we will still sin. Life would have been saddest for true believers – but not so. Praise God! Really, praise God!!! Because of our dear Lord Jesus, the prophets-validated, Father-approved Way, we can be forgiven – repeatedly, continuously. That’s comfort; that’s freedom; that’s peace; that’s joy. Let’s not use this wonderful truth as an excuse to hibernate in our wrongdoings; let us rather enjoy this great blessing with grateful response of living in victory over those sins He forgives us from.

Our dear forgiving God, thank You, thank You, thank You. We wouldn’t know what else to do if not for Jesus. We could have lived our lives continually attempting to live purely and repeatedly failing – void of any possibility of “success.” That would have been terribly bad and sickeningly sad. Thank You Lord for giving us a way for our sins to be paid, and for us to be cleansed and purified. All glory and honor to Jesus in Whose Name we pray, amen.