Jesus was called many things. Some good. Some not so good. If you do anything significant in your life, be ready to be in people’s mouths. If you don’t want that to happen, stay mediocre. Nobody speaks about them.
1. Demons called him “Son of God”: 3:11 Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” It is interesting that demons had a clearer understanding of who Jesus was than pharisees, and his own family. They hated him, but knew who he was. They what was up. That happens today. The devil may not like you, but, does he know who do you belong to?
2.His family called him “crazy”: 3:21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” The family of Jesus was an interesting bunch. They were not convinced he was who he said he was. On a couple of occasions they even tried to intervene and take him away. Jesus was respectful towards his family, but did not let their comments dissuade Him from his mission.
3. His opposition (pharisees) called him “possessed”: 3:22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” That was classic Pharisee Behavior 101. They tried to trick him, convince him, spread rumors about him, bad mouth him, but all that did was make the crowd that followed Jesus LARGER. Criticism blinds people to the facts. Sad.
Conclusion- people will call you many things. May they call you “sons and daughters of God”.
Comments or suggestions- how has criticism made you stronger? How has it hurt you?