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originally posted by: schuyler
Another way of looking at it is that those familiar with you know you aren't a prophet and also know your frailties. Strangers, on the other hand, don't know what an idiot you are and will believe anything.
The question then is why Jesus had a different experience.
Events in history don't happen just because they are intrinsic to a story.
Later on, Christians got killed by the Roman Empire, and that's how the persecution theme came into existence.
Inventing the idea of rejection just for the sake of having it in the story would be a pointless exercise.
This particular gospel story was reassuring for the early Christians. They too were being rejected by their Jewish neighbours. They could take heart, as we can, from the fact that even Jesus was rejected by people he had known and trusted all his life.
This week in Children’s Church we learned about the time when Jesus was rejected in Nazareth. Nazareth was Jesus’ hometown. It was where He grew up. Unfortunately it seemed that people were too familiar with Him to see that He was the Son of God. Many people there refused to believe in Him. It was so bad that the Bible says that He couldn’t do very many “mighty works” because of their unbelief.
Sometimes we might be rejected because of our stand for Jesus. There may be someone who laughs at us because we believe in Jesus.