Luke 4:22–30 (ESV)
22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming
from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23 And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself.’ What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown
as well.” 24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great
famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only
Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down
the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, he went away.
I began with verse 22 even though that was in yesterday’s reading, because I wanted to you to remember that Jesus just read the Isaiah
text in the synagogue and the text was about Jesus. The people were amazed and marveled at the gracious word that were come from his mouth. But as fast as they are amazed... they turn on him. Much like the fans in a Rocky movie chanting Apollo
Creed, the shift sides and start shouting for Rocky. Only the turn negative on Jesus. They know him, he’s Joseph’s son, and he can’t be the Messiah. The Messiah can’t be a local homeboy! What they don’t
know is that Jesus is from out of this world. His father is thee Father! Not Joseph. Jesus is not welcomed in his hometown because they know that he came from people just like them, Mary and Joseph. The Messiah would certainly not come
from such common and lowly stock as a carpenter. Well, they were wrong, but didn’t know it. On a similar note, it is difficult for a man who grew up in a congregation to go to the seminary and come back to his hometown and serve as pastor.
The people remember him and do not take him as serious. For example: (Mr. Andrews said “I had taught Sunday School for 20 years when you were a little snot nosed brat. You think you know more than me???) It is not impossible for someone
to go back, but there is usually a lot of difficulty. In Jesus case, they wanted to kill him. They led him to the brow of the hill to throw him down the cliff. But a miracle happens! Jesus passes through their midst and he went away.
They couldn’t stop him. I pray: O Lord, I know that your Son can perform miracles and he wanted to walk away untouched, he could have done this at the cross. He didn’t though, he chose to stay and to take on all the sins of
the world and to die for the atonement of our sins. Lord help me to do what is right, to not run away, but to stand firm in the faith you have given me. Thank you for your forgiveness and all that you have done for me. Amen.