Steven Furtick — Trapped In Nazareth
Our scripture today is found in mark chapter 6:1-6. I want to read this to you from our savage Jesus series, which just keeps going. This is now the longest series that I've ever preached. I didn't intend it, I just got stuck in it, but we've been just tracking this man, named Jesus, that we thought we knew so much about. And they keep shocking us, and surprising us, and we realized, that we can spend our whole lifes, studying about him and only begin to glimpse, how great he is. And also, how revolutionary his life was, in his time, here on earth.
And so, we want to pick up in Mark 6 today, and we're in for a real treat today, because we get to see Jesus take a trip back home. And we get to see the response to his ministry from those, who knew him, as a little boy, and we'll get to evaluate that in the light of our own lives. And I want to read you the scripture, and then take some time teaching it today, very excited about this particular message.
The scripture says in Mark chapter 6, verse 1, "Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. when the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. "Where did this man get these things?" they asked. "What's this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?" It's going good, right? Wow, this guy's good, whoa write that down, hey, it's amazing, but then something shifts in the tone of the text. This is where we'll spend our time, trying to discern the difference between their amazement in that verse, and their annoyance in the next one. "Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home".