Mar. 19. Jesus Returns to Nazareth

Mt. 13:54-58; Mk. 6:1-6; Lk. 4:16-31

Some say that an expert is anyone more than fifty miles from home. This seemed to be the case with Jesus. He returned to His home in Nazareth and as was His custom, He began to read in the synagogue on the next Sabbath. After reading from the prophet Isaiah, He sat down and said, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Many of those present, had been with Jesus as He was growing up and working as a carpenter. They knew Him as Joseph’s and Mary’s son, but they had seen and heard of His works. They said, “…And His brothers James, Joses, Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?”

People usually react in one of two ways to things they do not understand. They either try to learn more or they reject them. Jesus’ fellow countrymen rejected Him.

It was not time for Him to die, so He was protected from those who tried to throw Him over a cliff.

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