If Mark Twain was right when he said, “An expert is an ordinary fellow from another town,” then we might conclude that “A hometown boy is not an expert.” And when the task is generating a capital fund campaign, analyzing the pros and cons of our business or ministry, or even getting the latest world news, a talking head dressed in a nice suit from far away usually gets the nod.
Who listens to the hometown boy with a blue collar vocation and a mom and kid brothers and sisters everyone knows? But before we naively accept this pop statement about experts needing to be from out of town, we might need to step back and consider some of the wisdom close at hand. When Jesus returned home to Nazareth at the close of his widely successful Galilean ministry, his hometown folks made a tragic error about his credentials and power.
“And leaving Jairus’ home, Jesus came into his own hometown area and his disciples came with him. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded, saying, ‘Where did these things come from? And what’s this wisdom that was given to him? And what’s up with the miraculous power that comes through the touch of his hands? Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? Aren’t his sisters right here with us? And his hometown folks were offended by him.
Then Jesus said to them, ‘Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.’ So he was not able to do any miracles there, except he did lay his hands on a few sick folks and healed them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith.” Mark 6:1-6
All the evidence was there—the wisdom, the power, the goodness, but Jesus’s own family and hometown folks couldn’t see it because Jesus was too close to them. God didn’t choose to send his son into the world displaying all the pomp and circumstance of the eternal heavenly court. He came just as a humble carpenter. Don’t miss believing in him because you can’t believe God’s Son would be a carpenter.
LORD, thanks that Mary and Jesus’ brothers and sisters did get it after he rose again from the dead, but help me to learn from the negative role they played in this episode not to fall prey to the same unbelief that took away their opportunity to see Jesus heal and save. Help us to be careful not to miss the wisdom and the power that might be standing right next to us.
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