“You Can’t Go Home Again” is a novel written by Thomas Wolfe. The story is about a man named George Webber. Mr. Webber is an author who wrote a successful book about his hometown. When he returned home, he expected to receive a hero’s welcome. Instead, he was driven out of town by his own friends and family. They all felt betrayed by what he had written about them in his book. Webber was stunned by their reaction to his work and left his hometown behind try to find himself. George Webber discovered that those who know you best tend to respect you the least.
Our text in Matthew 6:1-6 finds Jesus returning to Nazareth. He is going home again. Our Lord’s return to His hometown does not go the way one might expect it to. After all, Jesus is something of a celebrity by this time. He has been going around the countryside preaching, teaching, healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead and controlling the forces of nature. He has proven that there is something very special and very different about Him.
But, the people rejected Jesus and they rejected His message. His response to their unbelief is to quote a common proverb. In summary, the proverb Jesus told them simply means “familiarity breeds contempt”. The people of Nazareth, like people everywhere, took for granted what they had and wanted what they didn’t have. They looked at Jesus and saw one of their own. They treated Him as a common thing.
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