“Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.”

Going back to Luke (4:24-30), we find Jesus back in Nazareth, the town in which He grew up.  Jesus’ public ministry had just started, as, after his forty days in the desert, He began teaching in Galilee and quickly gaining fame.  Just prior to today’s excerpt, Jesus is in the synagogue so familiar to Him declaring that He is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy (Is 61:1-2 and 58:6).  While the townsfolk “spoke highly of him and were amazed at [his] gracious words” (4:22a) they also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?” (4:22b).  The latter doubts prompt Jesus’ reply, starting with the words above.  When Jesus cites several examples from the Old Testament indicting His listeners, they nearly throw Jesus off of a cliff.  The words at top should be a comfort to those of us who have experienced a deep conversion or a drawing closer to the Lord, but have received some push back, ridicule, or distrust from those closest to us because of the change this has caused in us.  Take comfort, because, like so many other trials, tribulations, difficulties, and sufferings, Christ experienced this as well.  And if these folks want to “hurl [us] down headlong” (v. 29) (hopefully only figuratively), well, the Son of God has been there.  As He did, we must simply walk away.  And then we pray for the gift of fortitude on our part and understanding on theirs.  We can be assured that our seeking the truth in humility and love will allow God to work on all affected hearts.

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