|Theme:||Jesus is rejected in his hometown. 4th Sunday after Epiphany, Yr C|
|Object:||None needed but you could use a No Place Like Home Poster|
|Scripture:||Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’ Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown." Luke 4:23-24 (NIV)|
Have you ever seen a picture like this one hanging in someone's home? (Hold up the wall poster.) It is their way of saying that their home is a warm and welcoming place to be. A place where they are happy.
The home has been a favorite subject of authors, poets, and songwriters since the beginning of time. One of the songwriters that wrote about home was John Howard Payne. Over a hundred fifty years ago, he wrote a song called "Home Sweet Home." The song ends with these words:
Here are some other famous quotations about home:
It's true, home is a wonderful place to be most of the time, but not always! In our Bible lesson today, Jesus went back to his hometown of Nazareth and he did not receive a very warm welcome. In his travels around Galilee, Jesus had performed many miracles and had been well-received. When he returned to Nazareth, they had heard about the miracles that Jesus had done in Capernaum and they just didn't know how they could be true. After all, wasn't this Joseph's son? How could the son of a carpenter do all of the things that they had heard about?
Jesus heard the people grumbling and said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’ But I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.”
The people in the synagogue became furious. They jumped up, mobbed Jesus, drove him out of the town, and took him up on the hill on which the town was built because they wanted to throw him off of a cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.
I doubt that Jesus was thinking, "There's no place like home" that day. It seems that no matter what Jesus did, he just couldn't seem to please the people in his own hometown.
Heavenly Father, help us to welcome Jesus and make our heart his home. In Jesus name we pray, amen.
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