The Gospels – The Gospel According to Matthew
Rejection in His own Country
Matthew 13:53-58 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
It is characteristic of those who worship the intellect first to regard the person and his personal appearance before they consider whether it is worth it to listen to his words. These people thought that they knew Jesus’ family. How come one who came from a family that we all know be doing the works that He was doing? They asked.
It is not the personal appearance that matters but what the person is saying or doing. All who would come to the earth are obliged to use a physical body, even the Son of God. This physical body will not be different from those of other human beings. Outwardly a man among men but His core will be different. His core is that of God’s. That is what makes all the difference. All His Words and Works He drew from this core.
All human beings are of spiritual nature but the difference between them is the degree to which they have refined their own spirit. That will manifest in their behaviours and in the works that they do. The same applies to Jesus but in a different way because His core was not spirit but of God. As such the Works that He will accomplish will be very different from the most developed human being and the words that He will say will be drawn from a Wisdom that human beings do not have access to. With the same strictness to which we have alluded, He refused to perform many works in His home town not out of vindictiveness, but more out of sadness for the hopeless condition and parched nature of some of the human beings.