27 November 2012

Isn't This Joseph's Son?

First century Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus...

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. (Luke 4:29)

Jesus would never return to his hometown again. After he left, the townspeople went on with their weekly singing of hymns, their readings of scripture, and their offerings of prayer. Sabbath after sabbath, they continued to gather and say the right words and sing the right songs and smile and worship together in that God-forsaken place, having rejected God’s favor, and oblivious to its absence.

How did it come to this? Just a few moments earlier, we see that...

All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips.

So how did they shift from amazement at the gracious words of Jesus, to driving him out to the foot of a cliff? And how did that shift begin?

With a seemingly innocuous question, recorded in verse 22:

Isn’t this Joseph’s son?


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