When Jesus ended up in his hometown of Nazareth, they didn’t see how he could do miracles or have any unusual wisdom. Apparently, they hadn’t seen any of these qualities while he was growing up.
Jesus went away from there and came to His [own] country and hometown [Nazareth], and His disciples followed [with] Him.
And on the Sabbath He began to teach in the synagogue; and many who listened to Him were utterly astonished, saying, where did this Man acquire all this? What is the wisdom [the broad and full intelligence which has been] given to Him? What mighty works and exhibitions of power are wrought by His hands! (Mark 6:1-2, AMP)
As if that wasn’t enough, they criticized his family too.
Is not this the Carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not His sisters here among us? (Mark 6:3a, AMP)
Nazareth had a reputation for not producing too much.
Nathanael answered him, [Nazareth!] Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip replied Come and see! (John 1:46, AMP)
When we speak from our prejudice we will pay for it.
And they took offense at Him and were hurt that is, they disapproved of Him and it hindered them from acknowledging His authority] and they were caused to stumble and fall. (Mark 6:3b, AMP)
What is your Nazareth? What prejudices do you hold? Isn’t it time to let them go?
Prayer- Lord, thanks for the reminder that everyone deserves a fair chance, no matter their family or their hometown. Amen.
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