One day Jesus of Nazareth decided to go back to the place where He grew up. I’m sure His life was busy with learning carpentry and agriculture…Also being the son of God, He watched humanity till the soil for many years and He knew a lot about seed time and harvest. As a child He probably told His family some things and they were able to keep them secret.
The day Jesus went back to His hometown called Nazareth, the people remembered Him only as the son of a carpenter named Joseph. In other words they tried to force Jesus in a box that revolved around His family’s status. The people had a false belief they were familiar with Jesus and couldn’t accept that He hid certain things from the people until His appointed time.
Jesus walked inside the synagogue and many saw His familiar face. Some heard things about Him healing the sick and probably shook their heads in disbelief. “That’s Jesus. He’s just like us regular folk. These are just stories,” some might have said. Though many heard the rumors they were stunned when He opened His mouth:
Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there. 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? Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” 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.” Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Today, when many people get saved and are on fire for God, they try to be a witness to people at home but they’re unsuccessful. Frustration sets in and many disassociate themselves from friends and family, not realizing what Jesus said about “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country…” This means if Jesus had difficulties in Nazareth, what makes you think it’s going to be any easier for you?
Though it will take some time for friends and family to receive salvation, don’t stop praying for them. Don’t allow their disbelief to stop you from being a witness to others.