Even Jesus had a bad day
21Then Jesus began to say to all in the synagogue in Nazareth, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23Jesus said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’ ” 24And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. 25But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; 26yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 27There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 28When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29They got up, drove Jesus out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. 30But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went on his way.
Very few of us will ever be run out of town for proclaiming that kind of message, but some of us might feel the strain and the pain of being Christian in an ever increasing secular and commercialized world. It’s not easy to stand up today on the side of inclusion and love, to preach release to those captivated by sin and power and pride, to give sight to those who are blinded by greed and personal gain, and to declare God’s favor on each of God’s beloved children. But my friends, that’s exactly what we are called to do as the Body of Christ.
God isn’t afraid of the crowds and people angry at this message of love. As the world continues to rage and fight, God’s message of love will go on, just as Jesus slipped through the crowds, Jesus is still moving amid our fighting and raging today with the simple reminders to love others. Love the neighbor who is different then you, love the neighbor who disagrees with you. And when we experience that kind of love, perhaps we will come to experience the greatest miracle of them all.