Jesus is Rejected in His Home Town

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Rejection

Jesus had been ministering in and around Capernaum for about a year, using it as His home base.  When Jesus finished His parables He went to His hometown of Nazareth (v. 53). Upon arriving there He taught the people in the synagogue. The people were impressed by His powers and teachings, but they rejected Him (v. 54). They remembered Him as the carpenter’s son and surely anyone so “ordinary” could not be the promised Messiah. Early in His ministry, Jesus had preached at Nazareth (Luke 4:16-31) and had been rejected and now He was rejected again.

They said that He is just a carpenter’s son and we know His mother and His brothers and sisters (vv. 55-56). These are Jesus’ half brothers and half sisters, the children born to Joseph and Mary after Jesus virgin birth. Two of them, James and Judas (Jude), wrote New Testament epistles and played a prominent part in the early church. Jesus was not surprised and said “a prophet is not honored in his own hometown and family” v.57). The big question was how could the people for the second time reject Jesus as the Messiah, when it was so obvious that these things at which they marveled could only have been accomplished by God’s power. Because of their unbelief He did only a few miracles (v. 58).

The main reason was because they were  willfully unbelieving. Those who heard Jesus did not reject Him for lack of evidence but in spite of overwhelming evidence. When a person willfully rejects the Lord, even the most compelling evidence will not convince Him of divine truth. This is the case of cultists and liberal theologians who find various ways to explain away the most obvious truths of Scripture.

Application

If I was to suddenly become president of the United States how do you think this would effect my relationship with my friends and relatives? I have never really experienced being in a place where I felt separated? If that was the case I wonder how I would handle the problem?

Matthew 13:53-58 (English Standard Version)

And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?" And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household." And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

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