Jesus' audacious claim that He was God was utterly rejected by those He grew up with. Friends and neighbors - those who knew Him the majority of His life - flat out dismissed the idea, and cited His blue-collar common roots as support for their conclusion. Nothing special. Prior to coming back to his hometown, Jesus and his followers were performing radical miracles as thousands literally flocked to Him, but at home the unbelief was palpable. Mysteriously, the Bible alludes to the fact that Christ had difficulty performing miracles in Nazareth. As verses 5 and 6 say, "He could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief."
We share in Christ's audacity as we claim in a post-modern culture to know the Truth.
Our Christian belief that we know the one true God has now become offensive in the broader culture and maybe, like Christ, to those that should know us best. In the face of rejection, Christ prescribed community and sent his followers to other towns two by two. The Bible is clear that we are passing through, refugees making our way to our true home to be united with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
As we wait may we know the fellowship and comfort of Christian friendship and hold fast to our Lord.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Curt & Meriwether live across the river in Hillcrest, Southeast DC, and are proud and very tired parents of one-year old Annabelle. They attend Brookland.