Luke 4: 22-30
All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.
Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’ “
“I tell you the truth,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed–only Naaman the Syrian.”
All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff.
But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.
Everyone was amazed until they lost faith in him by remembering that this was only Joseph’s son to them. When Jesus told them no prophet is accepted as a prophet in his own hometown, they became furious and drove him out of the town with the intent of throwing him down the cliff. Then Jesus went on his way having done no miracles there.
Father help us to have faith in you and the power of your word. Help us to remember that you are the One doing the work, we are only your vessel operating in faith and love for your glory. We desire to be your disciple and to make disciples for you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.