Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

53 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there. 54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” 57 So they were offended at Him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” 58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. — Matthew 13:53-58.

Jesus, now in Nazareth, amazes His countrymen by both His wisdom in His synagogue teaching and by His mighty works. They are offended because of Him, and familiarity with His family leads to contempt. How disparaging their remarks! They refer to Jesus as “this Man” and “the carpenter’s son”. The innuendo is that Jesus is illegitimate, as there is no mention of Joseph.

Jesus teaches that a prophet can expect greater unpopularity and opposition nearest to his own roots. Jesus does relatively few mighty works there because of the unbelief of His own people. Jesus’ refusal to do many miracles in Nazareth was not because He needed the faith of people to empower Him, but because miracles are of little value to those without faith.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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