Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? (Matt. 13:55)

MY SON RECENTLY forwarded an email to me that declared him the winner of 78,000 dollars. “I think this is probably a scam,” he wrote, “but what do you think?” His first instinct was right, of course, though I understand why it was hard for him to just hit delete. Nobody wants to miss out on a great opportunity. I think we are all susceptible to the promise of impossibly good things because we want so much for them to be true. We even have a saying to help reduce our tendency toward gullibility: “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” The battle between our longing for good news and the reality of hucksters taking advantage of that longing is ongoing.

The people in Jesus’ hometown must have felt a similar tension when this carpenter’s son they had watched growing up began preaching like some sort of celebrity and performing miracles. They didn’t want to be duped. That the snot-nosed kid from the neighborhood could turn out to be the Son of God was as unrealistic as a check for 78,000 dollars appearing out of nowhere. Both are simply too good to be true.

While the incredulity of the hometown folk is understandable, it caused them to miss the greatest of opportunities. The gospel was made possible by the power of God himself, who is the source of truth.

Set aside your skepticism about Christ and fully embrace Him.

Heather Gemmen Wilson is the author of the Global Warning Series, a fiction series for preteens, and she inspires young minds as a professor of creative writing.

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