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Hometown Troubles: The Pride of Nazareth

March 1, 2020 Pastor: Gary Johnson

Passage: Matthew 13:53–13:58

Scripture Passage: Matthew 13:53-58

Matthew 13:53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, 54 and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” 58 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

John 1:11: “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.”

Jesus can be the least appreciated—even in the place where He is best known—if ________________ abides in the heart

I. THE HOME-TOWN VISIT (vv. 53-54a).   

II. THE OFFENSE (vv. 54b-57a). 

They either had to ___________________ what He said about Himself, turn from their sins, and trust Him; or they had to refuse to believe what He said, and reject Him out of _____________________ of heart.  


“But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.”


  It’s a great irony that the ___________________of Nazareth was rejected by the Nazarenes – because of _______________.

____________________ has incredible power to blind our eyes and deaden our hearts. 

     “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

Jesus does not promise that every parent, sibling, or child of a Christian will believe, but he does painfully promise that some families will _________________  over him (Matthew 10:34–39).