Local Boy Makes Good

Mark 6:1-6         
Jesus left that place and came to his hometown. His disciples followed him. On the Sabbath, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were surprised. “Where did this man get all this? What’s this wisdom he’s been given? What about the powerful acts accomplished through him? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t he Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” They were repulsed by him and fell into sin. Jesus said to them, “Prophets are honored everywhere except in their own hometowns, among their relatives, and in their own households.” He was unable to do any miracles there, except that he placed his hands on a few sick people and healed them. He was appalled by their disbelief.
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

Ah! Back home, where everyone could marvel at ‘local boy makes good.’ But not to be! Yeshua begins to teach in the synagogue and the people are scandalized — “How could he be so wise and do such powerful acts? After all, this is Mary’s boy. We know his brothers and sisters. Who does he think he is? He is, after all, just a carpenter.” Yeshua was amazed that these people, whom he thought he knew so well, had so little understanding and faith. He mused, “A prophet can’t come home, has no place to rest his weary head. Those who know him best, know him least.”

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