That Didn’t Turn Out So Well!
A while back I was working through the Gospel of Matthew in my personal worship time. I came across a sad couple of verses at the very end of chapter 13. They challenged me and I thought they were worth passing on to you. The story is in Matthew 13:54-58.
Jesus had been out in the countryside teaching people and doing miracles. As he moved from place to place he came to his own hometown. Instead of getting a hero’s welcome, he got cynicism. The people there immediately dismissed him.
They knew Jesus growing up. Some of them played with him. Some of them babysat him and changed his diapers. They knew his family. None of them were of a mind to be taught by him. Not only did they dismiss him, they were insulted by him. ”Who is this guy to think he can teach us?” That was their mindset. The idea that Jesus might have something new to offer them was offensive.
The story closes with this sad line: ”He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”
Before this, Jesus had been teaching and the crowds were struck by the power and relevance of his words. He had healed sick people and cast out demons, and the crowds were convinced that Jesus had divine authority.
But in his own home town, people didn’t have time for him. Why?