Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


May 17, 2011

Jesus had trouble going home.  Maybe it was in going to Nazareth that the phrase, "Familiarity breeds contempt" was first uttered.

Jesus said to them, "Only in their own towns, among their relatives and in their own homes are prophets without honor."
                                                   - Mark 6:4 TNIV
When Jesus came home to Nazareth, it's as if the people said, "Oh, there he is a again, Ol' Jesus, same ol' same ol', Joseph and Mary's boy."  Familiarity breeds contempt indeed.  So why did Jesus give us this teaching, to show pity on him?  I don't think so.
Could it be to caution us to avoid making the same mistake?  Beware when the routine, when the hometown, diverts us from the on-going truth.  It's actually more about us than about the return of the hometown boy.
Dale Patterson