What did this mean? Wolfe elaborated a bit when he said:
“You can’t go back home to your family,
- back home to your childhood,
- back home to a young man’s dreams of glory and of fame
- back home to places in the country,
- back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time
- — back home to the escapes of Time and Memory.”
This statement was never truer than in the time of Jesus.
The Christ, after all His miracles and deeds in Capernaum, His own hometown did not believe.
So, let’s take a look at these verses from Luke 4 and understand how the people of Nazareth saw Him — as the carpenter’s son.
During this Bible study lesson, we’ll learn why Jesus was rejected in Nazareth and the people turned to an angry mob while he was teaching in the synagogue.
Jesus is Rejected in His Hometown of Nazareth
Jesus’ Public Ministry
“And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding region.
And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.
And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.
And the scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to Him. And He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
And He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all the people in the synagogue were intently directed at Him.
Now He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all the people were speaking well of Him, and admiring the gracious words which were coming from His lips; and yet they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”
And He said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!
All the miracles that we heard were done in Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’”
But He said, “Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown.
But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a severe famine came over all the land; and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
And there were many with leprosy in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and brought Him to the crest of the hill on which their city had been built, so that they could throw Him down from the cliff.
But He passed through their midst and went on His way.” – Luke 4:14-30 (NASB)
Jesus, the “Hometown Boy” – Rejection from Nazareth
In almost all walks of life, save a few, people who come from a small town and make a name for themselves elsewhere are still thought of by their friends, relatives and townspeople as…
- the farmer’s son,
- daughter of a coal miner,
- the boy who worked at the sawmill
- the girl who greeted people at Walmart, etc.
So, Jesus was not alone in the rejection from the people of Nazareth.
The Carpenter’s Son
People in Nazareth knew that Jesus was the son of Joseph.
And, Jesus was a carpenter himself up until around the age of 30 when he began his ministry.
This cast a shadow on who He really was — and, the people did not even consider him a rabbi.
The Angry Mob
The rest of the story…
In His statement after the reading of the Scripture, Jesus remarked in verse 27 that God reached out to a non Jew — a gentile implying that the people in the synagogue did not believe His words just as northern Israel in the time of Elijah and Elisha.
We can learn many lessons from these verses.
And, it certainly is astonishing that Jesus was rejected in His hometown.
But, the greater lesson is; God decided to freely give His Word to all people – not just the Jews.
Jesus, through His death and resurrection, enabled you and I to receive the life everlasting God promised.
But, the decision to accept Him is still ours.
So, if you have never made the commitment to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to Read John 3:16 to learn how.
Love in Christ