And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour except in his own town and in his own home.”
And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
Matthew 13 : 57 – 58
These couple of verses follow on from Jesus preaching in the synagogue in Nazareth. He was in his home town, and the people there took offence at his preaching and miracles. They knew his family, they had known him when he was younger. He was familiar, and yet they couldn’t recognise him. Who did he think he was? they were saying. He was just the carpenter’s son, no one special.
There’s a risk that we become over-familiar with Jesus. It’s a particular problem if we’ve been brought up in the church. We think we know who He is and what he says and wants. We don’t respect things we’re too familiar with, and sometimes we need help to see Jesus with fresh eyes, to let him speak anew to us. It helps to sit and focus on our Bible reading for the day, to let ourselves really dwell on it, and allow God to show us how radical and different Jesus’ teaching really is.
Prayer: Father God, you sent your beloved Son to us, to teach and redeem us, but we are so familiar with His story, that often we don’t see Him clearly. Open our eyes, we pray, to see Jesus afresh, to hear His voice speak to us, so we can honour Him in our lives. Amen
Action: Remember a time when you have been rejected by the people you know, or when you have rejected someone you know, for doing something different. Imagine that you were in that synagogue and that you had known Jesus before his mission started. How do you think you would have reacted?