Thomas Wolfe once wrote, “You Can’t Go Home Again.” This illustrates a truth that when you go back to the place of your childhood, things are never the same. This was certainly true in the life of Jesus when He went back to his hometown in Nazareth and began to preach. Although the people were amazed at His teaching, they took offense at His wisdom and authority. After all, He was one of them.
It’s been said that an effective consultant has to be from over 50 miles away to be respected. There is something about the familiar that we dis-value. But God’s truth is truth no matter who shares it, whether relative or stranger, near or far. And especially, we should not reject the teachings of Jesus – for He is the Lord! We cannot be too intimate with God, but sometimes we can be too familiar with him.
(Mark 6) 1 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.