Jesus’ Life: Chapter 4 – Jesus’ Ministry In Galilee (Part 1)
Our home or hometown generally holds a special place in our memories. Do you agree?
When we are away from home for a long time, returning can be very emotional. It was also very emotional for Jesus, but for all the wrong reasons.
Jesus had just launched his ministry in his hometown, Nazareth. He had read from the Prophet Isaiah in the synagogue, announcing He was the Messiah, the Son of God.
At first the Jewish people, “Were amazed at the gracious words coming out of his mouth”. However, Jesus then reminded them that, “No Prophet is accepted in his hometown” and referred them to the Old Testament accounts of the Prophets Elijah and Elisha. They, he said, helped a woman from Sidon and healed a Syrian leper but gave no help to poor widows and lepers in Israel.
On hearing this, the mood of the Jews in the synagogue quickly changed. They perceived that Jesus was comparing them to Israelite’s of the past when no miracles occurred among them in contrast to the Gentiles and others.
The Jews in the synagogue, the same people that praised Jesus a few minutes earlier, were now filled with rage. “They got up, forced him out of the town, and brought him to the brow of the hill… so that they could throw him down the cliff”.
It didn’t happen, Jesus slipped away. (Luke 4:16-30)
It’s logical to assume that Jesus’ Mother, his wider family and his disciples were present in the synagogue, listening and watching. Although they would have been greatly disappointed, Jesus didn’t let events blight his plans, he moved on.
Likewise, when we are rejected by friends, take heart from the fact that Jesus was also rejected by his local community. Then, say a little prayer for them and move on.
Lord Jesus, you are my way, truth and light. Keep me close to your ways, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer: Day By Day (St Richard of Chichester)
Praise be to Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
May, we see you more clearly,
Love you more dearly,
and follow You more nearly.
Day by day. Amen