Imagine going back to the town or city you grew up in, only to have the people conspire against you and try to throw you off a cliff? And those were the church folk.
Welcome home. Not exactly what was included in your itinerary.
Luke 4:29 (AMP) – “And rising up, they pushed and drove Him out of the town, and [laying hold of Him] they led Him to the [projecting] upper part of the hill on which their town was built, that they might hurl Him headlong down [over the cliff].”
They were in such a frenzy to kill Jesus that they lost awareness of Him and He slipped away.
Jesus was not surprised. He knew His mission. He knew the hearts of men.
There was only one thing on His mind as He traveled those 3 1/2 years. You and me.
Luke 4:24 (AMP) – “Then He said, Solemnly I say to you, no prophet is acceptable and welcome in his [own] town (country).”
Jesus knew of the Prophets intimately. He saw the persecutions they faced in their own homeland.
What would be the reaction of your church if Jesus came to visit? Would He be embraced, or would He be viewed as the wet blanket?
Your church is His hometown.
You would be surprised at how He would be treated. In some churches it would be like a factory owner making his yearly visit to check on morale and production. The workers would smile at him all the while hoping he would just hurry through and leave so things could get back to normal.
Jesus is either your honored King and given a place of utmost prominence, or He is subjugated to a place of dishonor below whatever pet doctrines are exploited for the sake of religious success.
Does your House have room for the Builder?
I couldn’t remain at a place where my King was not honored every day the doors were open and all points in between.
Soon He will come and gather those who have honored Him. His Church will be triumphant because He will find faith where it belongs.