And they took offense at him.Matthew 13:57 NIV
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”
Nearly everywhere Jesus went, the crowds followed him and hung on his words. Except in his own hometown. Those that knew him best, and had seen him grow up, took offense at him. This is so contrary to what we would expect when the ‘hometown hero’ returns home. In today’s world, we would have a parade and give them the keys to the city. So why not Jesus when he went home?
Jesus challenged people. He was not content to have a parade in his honor. He wanted to proclaim the kingdom of God. To change people’s lives. But the folks from his hometown could not see beyond Jesus’ humble origins. He was one of them. What right did he have to be telling them how to live?
It strikes me that this is not dissimilar to how many of us who grow up in the church react to him. We have heard the stories of Jesus, as well as the rest of the Bible, over and over. We have grown up with Jesus. He is our friend and we are comfortable with him. And then he tries to take charge of our lives. And we take offense at him. We much prefer Jesus as a friend to having Jesus as Lord.
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