Luke 4 tells us of Jesus reading in the synagogue in Nazareth. He read the famous passage from Isaiah 61:6 and as he did so every eye in the place was on him, intent. … The were surprised at how well he spoke. but they couldn’t accept him and indeed Jesus challenged them about their fixed ways, saying that a prophet is never welcomed in his hometown. That hit the mark That set everyone in the meeting place seething with anger. They threw him out, banishing him from the village and were even prepared to kill him.
Jesus went onto the next place, Capernaum a village in Galilee - They were suprised and impressed - his teaching was so forthright, so confident, so authorative, not the quibbliing and quoting they were used to. … Jesus was the talk of the town.
Two towns. Same Jesus. In Nazareth: the eyes of hostility and suspision; in Capernaum Jesus was the talk of the town. I love that thought. What was the difference? It was the attitude of the people: some were closed to the message, others were open. In Nazareth they focused on his humanity, they sneered that Jesus was the son of Joseph the carpenter, and probably still sniggered at the facts surrounding that marriage too (people have such long memories in the area of gossip and scandal!) - in Capernaum they came with open hearts and open minds. That made all the difference.
(copy of post over at see-through faith)