A son of the house comes home and receives a strange welcome
Mark 6:1-6 “Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples.2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.”
Jesus left Nazareth as a carpenter and returned as a rabbi with disciples following.
There had been a significant development in his life. But that could not be said of his home town.
Some people never want you to progress. They want to keep you just exactly where you were even many years ago.
“You are the carpenter. You make things; that is what you do.”
Whilst they were impressed by his teaching and the miracles they were struggling in not being able to fit him into a box and control him. They do try. They refer to what is probably a derogatory term used many times, “You are the son of Mary.” A reference to what they knew of his illegitimacy, which was probably used on many occasions in the past. They know his family history very well and the children that were born later. Above all they became offended.
They were offended because they had remained in their understanding of who he was and not what he had become.
They were offended because of their refusal for the teacher to become teachable.
Their dishonour of this ‘new Jesus’ brought to them offence which became a barrier against a move of God that could have been a huge blessing to the town. Instead Jesus has to move on. He no longer has a home town.
The same is true today. We need to protect ourselves from being offended.
If people ‘rise above their station’ (if they try and be what we think they are not) we get offended.
When sons become fathers (the moment a young Pastor preaches lifestyle changes to an older church) we get offended.
When we try and bring the present back to the past so that we can handle these upstarts we dishonour. Dishonour has become so normal that when honour is demonstrated it is a wow moment. Social media is full of dishonour. Those occupying great positions in the world of Church and Politics dishonour others all the time to reclaim ground. When dishonour doesn’t work, offence is born. Offended hearts end the show. The lights are out. Nothing is going to be done.