Just One of the Boys?


Have you ever wondered why Jesus could do no mighty works in his hometown of Nazareth?  Prior to  His visit to Nazareth, Jesus has been exercising divine power over sickness and disease, over nature, over demons and even over death.  But when He returned to His hometown and ministered in the synagogue there, the Bible says the people refused to believe Him and were deeply offended by Him.  But why?  These people had witnessed Jesus growing up.  They knew his family, his mother, his brothers and sisters.  In other words, Jesus was “common” to them.  They took a “just one of the boys” mentality toward Jesus and they didn’t see or even refused to acknowledge the greatness that was before them.  It wasn’t that Jesus couldn’t do miracles in Nazareth – No, Jesus wouldn’t force Himself on people where He was not wanted.  Jesus’ objective wasn’t to impress people.  So if they chose not to receive Him, then He would move on to those who would.  Are there people in your life that have been placed there for a purpose?  Be sure you haven’t become so familiar with them that you might miss out on a blessing.     

4 Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” 5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any mighty miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people. Mark 6:4-6 (NLT)