Regarding Jesus

How did his own people regard Jesus ? This is a question which has intrigued many. In today’s reading we are presented with an example of such a regard. Jesus challenges the rather narrow view that his townspeople of Nazareth had of God. By showing them about a couple of passages in the Scriptures where God seemed to favour the pagans over the Jewish people they did not like it, and in response they forcibly ejected Jesus out of Nazareth. His rejection in Nazareth anticipated his even more brutal rejection in Jerusalem. The people of Nazareth’s God was too small and Jesus was seeking to broaden their understanding of God. He wanted them to realize, in the words of Peter in the Acts of the Apostles, that “God has no favourites.”

 

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