Familiarity Breeds Contempt
INTRODUCTION: A tourist, eager to see everything in the art gallery, fled from picture to picture, scarcely noticing what was in the frames. "I didn't see anything very special here." he said to one of the guards as he left. "Sir," the guard replied, "it is not the pictures that are on trial here, it is the visitors."
The gospels record that the Lord Jesus visited His hometown on two occasions after He began His public ministry at the age of 30. Here, we find Jesus leaving Capernaum to return to His hometown of Nazareth. Throughout His three years' ministry, Jesus displayed concern for both His nation and His neighbors. Jesus was originally from Heaven, born in Bethlehem, and raised in Nazareth. The headquarters for His public ministry was Capernaum. Most of His early life was spent in Nazareth.
I was born in Lumberton, N.C., raised in Wilmington, N.C., but I have spent most of my life in Woodstock, Ga. Janet reminded me this week that she has lived in our present home longer than anywhere else. Most of my life, it will be 26years and two months from today, has been here in Woodstock.
In Luke 4:16-30, we have a record of Jesus' earlier visit made to His hometown. The fact that He returned in spite of their earlier threat to His life suggests courage and purpose of great intensity. The first occasion was marred by the assault made after His message in the synagogue.
He took His text from Isaiah 61:1-2
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn."
Luke 4:28-30, "So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose u ...
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