Jesus was in the middle of teaching in the synagogue. He read from Isaiah 61. Then, He began to preach. He told the truth to the congregation. At first, the reaction was positive. However, when the truth began to hurt those in the congregation, they began to get frustrated at Jesus.
Have we ever found ourselves in this situation? I know that there have definitely been times where I have had to tell someone the truth in a roundabout way, for fear that they would be angry if I did not use this approach. I am also sure that I am not the only one who has encountered this problem.
In fact, this problem is all too common today. Instead of telling the truth, many of us feel intimidated that speaking the truth will cause others to stop listening. One thing that we can learn from Jesus's preaching here, however, is that the truth needs to be told.
Jesus spoke the truth to the congregation that day. He did not pull any punches. We can be sure that whatever Jesus said to that congregation needed to be said. It is the same way with us today. There are times where we have to be straightforward. This does not mean that we should be rude or mean with what we say. We should never beat someone up. However, we must follow the example of Jesus here.
Notice that Jesus was not in the wrong. Jesus did what was right--He told the truth to those who were listening to Him. However, it was the crowd that was in the wrong. They became angry and wanted to kill Jesus. Many of us would be afraid of this. However, God won in the end.
Although the crowd wanted to kill Jesus, He walked right through the middle of them without being harmed! After this, Jesus continued on His journey, and continued to do God's work. We need to remember this next time we are faced with a similar situation. We should be completely honest with everyone, without beating them up. We have not done anything wrong when we do this, and we should not feel as though we have. The truth will build your audience up, if they let it.