“I tell you this,” Jesus added, “prophets are never welcomed in their hometown. Listen to me: it is true that there were many widows in Israel during the time of Elijah, when there was no rain for three and a half years and a severe famine spread throughout the whole land. Yet Elijah was not sent to anyone in Israel, but only to a widow living in Zarephath in the territory of Sidon. And there were many people suffering from a dreaded skin disease who lived in Israel during the time of the prophet Elisha; yet not one of them was healed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were filled with anger. They rose up, dragged Jesus out of town, and took him to the top of the hill on which their town was built. They meant to throw him over the cliff, but he walked through the middle of the crowd and went his way.
BUILT WITH BOLDGRID
REJECTION IN NAZARETH
Jesus complains that prophets never appear to be welcomed in their own lands. In fact, the Hebrews must have had a habit of killing their prophets. Many passages in the bible bring this up, as does Christ in other places, such as Matthew 23:37:
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets and stone the messengers God has sent you! How many times I wanted to put my arms around all your people, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not let me!”
It looks like Jesus was about to get that same treatment here in Nazareth, his own hometown! The people in the synagogue meant to throw him off a cliff!
I suppose that’s because a prophet’s task is often to say uncomfortable things that people do not want to hear. Nobody likes to hear that he is going about things the wrong way. Nobody likes to hear that he needs to change. Change is difficult, it requires resolve and discipline.
Nevertheless, Jesus calls us to embrace this challenge. Following him is not easy, he calls you to live a new life altogether. The rewards are great, though. A life filled with love and devotion to God is one that’s lived better, it is its own reward, before you even get to salvation.