Hometown boy becomes Rock Star. (Luke 4:16-30)
Jesus walks into the synagogue in Nazareth, picks up the book of Isaiah and says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor (etc.) to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” He says, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” They all gush and say, “That’s our boy and he owes us.” Then he comes up with, “No prophet is acceptable in his own country” and you are not going to get any special treatment from God. They are not happy and say, “Well in that case, scram.” He does with his dignity intact.
In today’s World what do you think Houston would do if Jesus came to town and says, “Thank God I’m not from here. You folks are far too fortunate and you have received far too many miracles for me to get the credit/blame for it. I would like to help the poor, the sick, the homeless and the next generation but as you know I can only do it through you all. ( I’m from the South.) I can’t make you adopt a decent minimum wage, fill the food banks, stop polluting, lose weight, walk more, shame the 1%, or even make you vote. All I know about money is that “camel and eye of the needle” joke. I know what you are thinking, (Get out of town).”