by Rex Yancey

You Can't Go Home Again
Rex Yancey
Mark 6:1-6

Thomas Wolfe wrote a book entitled "You can't go home again." The book is about a man named George Webber. He is an author who has written a successful book about his hometown. When he returns home he expects to receive a hero's welcome. Instead he is driven out of town by his friends and family. They felt betrayed by what he had written about them in his book. George found out that those who knew him best respected him the least.

Jesus went home as somewhat of a celebrity. He has been preaching, teaching, healing the sick, raising the dead, controlling the weather, and casting our demons in other places. Immanuel was his divine name. Nazareth was his human name. Nazareth was an out of the way place that got little respect in those days.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem. However, he grew up in Nazareth. It was a place of poor reputation. It was a small town in the Southern part of Galilee. It was certainly no honor to grow up in Nazareth.

Nathaniel said it best, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" It was a term of contempt and scorn.

-We are so prone to judge by appearance. People thought Jesus could not possibly amount to much because he was a Nazarene. King Saul was chosen based on appearance. That did not turn out so well.

Who would ever think that a King would be born in an obscure village or a despised town? God always surprises us. He spoke to Moses from a burning bush instead of a mighty star. He chose a skinned covered tabernacle as his dwelling places instead of an elaborate temple. Joshua erected a monument to God that was made of rocks and not marble. Samson killed a thousand enemies of the Lord with a jawbone of a donkey. David killed a giant with a slingshot. Five loaves and two fishes provided by a boy fed a multitude. "God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise."

He had been to Nazareth a year earlier and proclaimed himself as the Messiah. The ...

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