Homecoming

Mark 6:1-2 — 1 Jesus left there and went to His hometown, accompanied by His disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard Him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given Him, that He even does miracles!” (NIV)

I want you to think about an instance in your life when you left home for an extended period of time. Perhaps you went off to college or summer camp for two or three months. Maybe you served in the armed forces and spent some time overseas. It’s possible you got married, started a family, and currently live somewhere away from your hometown.

Now I want you to think about how you felt to return home after being away. A homecoming should be a glorious occasion. (Though I realize it’s not for everyone.) Most people would want their return home to be an exciting time, a joyous reunion with family, friends, and neighbors.

I’m sure Jesus felt the same way as He arrived in Nazareth. His visit began favorably. As Jesus taught in the synagogue, Mark recorded that the people were amazed. They marveled at His great wisdom and the miracles He had done. Jesus probably felt pretty good about Himself, but everything quickly changed. Their amazement turned to offense (Mark 6:3).

Jesus must have been devastated. I can only imagine the feelings of rejection He must have felt. Maybe today you don’t have to imagine how Jesus felt; you know exactly what He went through because you have faced similar opposition. Perhaps those closest to you have withdrawn their love and support. I want to encourage you today. If you have done something to cause their rejection, make it right. If you are an innocent victim, as Jesus was, stand firm knowing who you are in Christ. He will work things for your good.

Proverbs 18:24 — A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (NIV).

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