马太福音 13:53-58 耶稣说完了这些比喻，就离开那里， 来到自己的家乡，在会堂里教训人，甚至他们都希奇，说：“这人从哪里有这等智慧和异能呢？ 这不是木匠的儿子吗？他母亲不是叫马利亚吗？他弟兄们不是叫雅各、约西（有古卷：约瑟）、西门、犹大吗？ 他妹妹们不是都在我们这里吗？这人从哪里有这一切的事呢？” 他们就厌弃他（厌弃他：原文是因他跌倒）。耶稣对他们说：“大凡先知，除了本地本家之外，没有不被人尊敬的。” 耶稣因为他们不信，就在那里不多行异能了。
Matthew 13:53-58 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. 54 Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. 55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56 Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him.But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” 58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
I remember preaching in my home congregation the first time. It felt awkward. These were people who really knew me. There were my friends with whom I “ran around” when I was young. My cousins whom I played with. It was easier to preach to people I didn’t know than to people I did know. Of course, Jesus didn’t “run around” with the kids his age in the same way that I did when I was young. (“Lord, remember not the sins of my youth or my rebellious ways!”)
But it seems that even his siblings did not accept him or believe in him. We don’t often think of Jesus having brothers and sisters, because the Catholic traditions claimed that Mary didn’t have any other children. Later, after his resurrection, they did. James became the leader of the church in Jerusalem. Judas, or Jude, wrote the small book just before Revelation. The result was that Jesus did not spend much time in Nazareth because of their unbelief.
What’s the take away for us today? In a sense, you may have “grown up with Jesus” as well. You learned Bible stories in Sunday School and church and perhaps at home as well. The danger there is that you become so familiar with Jesus that you fail to see what’s so extraordinary about Jesus. Many confirmands stop learning about Jesus after they are confirmed because they think they know all that they need to know about Jesus. I pray that I will never become so familiar with Jesus that I stop being excited to sit at his feet and listen to his precious Word!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, every day you bring to me new treasures as you proclaim the gospel to my heart! I pray that I will never become so “familiar” with you and your Word that I stop being excited to sit at your feet and listen. I ask this in your name. Amen.