Jesus grew up and lived for almost 30 years in the same small town. Almost everyone in town must have known Him. But they knew Him in the kid-next-door sense. They had watched Mary and Joseph raise Jesus. The saw Him do all the things boys from good Jewish homes do – He read and studied the Scripture, He participated in the Passover and other holidays each year, He learned His father’s trade. When Jesus began His ministry it was away from His hometown. This passage tells us that as a teacher and healer, He was respected and admired.
In today’s reading we find Jesus back at home. He reads a passage from Isaiah and all spoke well of Him. They were amazed at the words that came from His mouth. But then Jesus spoke of other prophets who went to and ministered to those from ‘outside’. What He was implying stirred the people up to the point that they were about to throw Him off of a cliff.
It is interesting that this story is in the Bible. It is not a feel-good story and the people do not seem to gain any understanding from Jesus’ words. They seem to miss the fact that Naaman was healed by faith. They don’t remember that the prophet went to the widow in Sidon because of her deep faith. In His hometown the people knew Jesus the person. They did not know the Messiah. The teachings and healing that they were hearing about were admired and respected, not believed. In essence Jesus was saying that they lacked faith. They had to have faith, not just know who Jesus was.
The same is true for us. We can know all the stories in the Bible. But we must go beyond simply knowing the stories and must enter into a personal relationship with Jesus. We must believe that the stories are true and that Jesus’ miracles still happen in our lives. We must call on Him as Lord and Savior to allow any of His power to begin to work in our lives. Believe. Have faith. Know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Scripture reference: Luke 4: 21-30