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What Might Have Been (25 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
In 1856, John Greenleaf Whittier wrote a poem entitled "Maud Miller." It's a poem about a poor farmer girl and a wealthy judge. As the story goes, these two met one day at a well and she dipped him water while they sat and talked. In their small amount of time, they were both attracted to the other. The judge wanted to be a farmer to be with her and she desire to be a judge's wife. However, instead of acting on their feelings, they walked away only to marry other people who were, literally, from their neck of the woods. As they led their life each of them recalled their chance meeting with longing and wishing for things passed. As the story ends, the lady realizes her mistake of her youth. Here are the words:
A manly form at her side she saw, And joy was duty and love was law.
Then she took up her burden of life again, Saying only, "It might have been."
Alas for maiden, alas for Judge, For rich repiner and household drudge!
God pity them both! and pity us all, Who vainly the dreams of youth recall;
For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: "It might have been!"
As I read our text today, my heart is made sad for the residence of Nazareth. Think about it, the long awaited Messiah, the Lord of Life, and the Savior of the world became a home-town person - and they missed Him! And this isn't Jesus' first trip back to His home-town.
You can turn to Luke 4 and read about His first visit back home. He literally left town as a resident and came back as a Rabbi, His disciples in tow, and probably His reputation preceding Him. The first time He came home, He attended worship at the synagogue and was asked to read the scripture. So He did. He was given the scroll to Isaiah and read Chapter 61.
"18 The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to ...
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