Thought for the Week - 29/6/2020
Home Town Blues
Imagine being away from home for a time. Given recent events, this may require some imagination. While you have been away, things have changed. Wherever you go, crowds now follow you.
Why all this excitement?
You have made sick people well. You have driven out demons. People are describing you in incredible ways.
“The Son of God”
You feel alive. This is what you were sent to do. Immediately before your return home you do something incredible. Something that marks you out as following in the line of Elijah. In the end it will define you.
From death you bring life.
To make a sick girl well is incredible. To make a dead, sick daughter alive and well is both incredible and miraculous. Who was this Jesus?
Mark picks up the story and writes:
“Jesus left there and went to his hometown…”
Have you got a place you call home?
In the 1980s there was a TV sitcom called ‘Cheers’ set in a bar in Boston. The catchphrase and theme song emphasised this was a place ‘where everybody knows your name.’
Nazareth was a place where everybody knows your name. It was Jesus’ home.
“Isn’t this the carpenter?”
“Isn’t this Mary’s son?”
“Isn’t this the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon?”
“Aren’t his sisters here with us?”
They thought they knew Jesus.
“And they took offence at him.”
Elsewhere people were amazed at what Jesus did. Here Jesus is amazed by their lack of faith. Those who thought they knew Jesus, hardly knew him at all.
How well do we think we know Jesus?
This week, can we try to get to know Jesus again? This may mean laying aside some of our previously formed views in order to read the Gospel stories with a fresh sense of wonder, excitement and even shock.
It is nice to have a place called home. It is lovely to think there are some places left where everybody knows our name. But when it comes to Jesus, let’s make sure it really is Jesus who we think we know.