“After two days He left there for Galilee. Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. When they entered Galilee, the Galileans welcomed Him because they had seen everything He did in Jerusalem during the festival. For they also had gone to the festival.”
So Jesus has returned to Galilee after the Passover festival. He’s gone straight through Sameriah where He’s encountered the Samaritan women at the well, who is saved and introduces her whole village to their awated Messiah! So, after a 2 day stay there in Sameria, He arrives back in Cana, Galilee, where He’d turned water into wine.
Now Jesus eventually told His disciples that “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his household.” (Matt 13:57), refering to Jeremiah11-12, but early in His ministry, John writes that, “the Galileans welcomed Him because they had seen everything He did in Jerusalem during the festival. For they also had gone to the festival.” (vs 45) These same people later really did regect Jesus, not some much because He challenged the religous establishment, but because that very establishment turn against Him and they (the Galileans) were embarrassed by the fact that Jesus was from among them. So instead of supporting Him throughout His ministry, they later regected Him, identifing Him as only a simple carpenter!
But at this time, Jesus and His company were embraced, not because the people admired Him or were proud of Him or even had missed Him, but because they’d seen Him do miracles in Jerusalem during the festival! (vs 45) Afterall, what’s not to love? Maybe someday Jesus would be rich and famous because of these miracles!
What Jesus realized that even His influence was limited. ALL of us has influence, from the youngest to the oldest of us, we’re all influencal in some way. What we may not realize is that the time for this influence can be limited.
Not even Jesus, the Messiah, took His influence for granted and neither should we!
Use it while you have it!
Think about it!