Familiarity can breed contempt

Bernard Gabbott - Sunday, 18 April 2021

Familiarity can breed contempt

It is very easy to get over-familiar with Jesus. It is very easy to allow our familiarity with Jesus to spill over into a level of contempt – not obvious, but just there.

You see, we know a lot about Jesus – and that familiarity can lead to a level of contempt, perhaps even outrage, when we come to his proclamation and practice.

It certainly did in Jesus’ hometown. He returned home and his hometown was scandalised! They were familiar with this man – they knew his dad and mum, they still hung out with his brothers and sisters – and this is what he was saying, and doing? How could this Jesus rock the boat like that? What gave him the right to…?

Does that sound familiar? Have you ever had that moment when the Jesus you are familiar with said something, did something, that scandalised you? Has it ever prompted you to think, ‘Do I know this man, or do I KNOW this man?’

Scripture References: Matthew 13:54-58, Jeremiah 1:1-10, John 1:1-14

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