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Summary: Jesus deal with home-town folk and delivers a startling message.

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• There is an unwritten "rule" that exists in ministry. It’s a "rule" most ministers recognize. The rule: "Never return as pastor to your childhood church." So often going back home just won’t work, because folk in your childhood church often know you too well to ever accept you as their pastor.

• In the 17th century, a writer, Matthew Henry, commented: "...ministers are seldom so acceptable and successful in their own country as among strangers; familiarity in the younger years breeds a contempt, and the advancement of one felt an inferior begets envy."

• This was even true with Jesus. Let's look at his Class Reunion, or homecoming.

Mar 6:1 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.

• Nazareth, the town where Jesus was raised after His family moved back from Egypt.

• There, Joseph set up his business, working with wood.

• He was not a home builder, but more of a furniture and tool builder.

Mar 6:2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands?

Mar 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.

• Jesus left Nazareth as a carpenter, but came back as a traveling Rabbi with students and a following.

• Why did the people take offense?

• First, they were confused about His doctrines.

• “Where did this man get these things?”

• Other places were amazed that He didn't teach as the other traveling Rabbis but as one having authority.

• Second, they were confused by His wisdom. “What is the wisdom...”

• The indication is that they had issues with some of His sayings so they questioned Him.

• His answers were swift and reasonable, not something they could easily argue with.

• Third about His sudden gifts of miracles. “How are such mighty works done....”

• Jesus had lived with them twenty-five plus years and they didn't recall Him doing miracles.

• I can assume, and you may join me, that Jesus live an unassuming quiet life.

• This passage answers questions for me whether Jesus went about as a youth doing miracles.

• No, He was just a hometown boy no one expected to rise above the carpentry shop.

• “Isn't this the carpenter?”, they ask?

• They didn't ask if He was the carpenter's son.

• He had assumed the occupation of His earthly dad, quietly, as early as he could carry a hammer.

• Fourth, they were amazed by his heritage.

• “Isn't this Mary's son, and we know His brothers and sisters?”

• This was probably even said in a derogatory way.

• People were not referred to by their mothers in those days.

• To do so may have indicated that they always suspected something fishy about His birth.


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