Body and Blood of Christ

Teaching in Nazareth and

Rejection

Luke 4: 14-22

                

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour." And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, "Is not this Joseph’s son?"

Luke 4:29-30   

They got up, drove him 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. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

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Nazareth

 

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hill town overlooking the plain of Jezreel, it was home to Jesus for thirty years. The Gospels do not agree where Joseph and Mary lived before the birth of Jesus. Luke says they lived in Nazareth and journeyed from Nazareth to Bethlehem, returning to Nazareth after the flight into Egypt. Matthew makes no reference to the family in Nazareth before their return from Egypt. Like Joseph, Jesus was a carpenter. Justin Martyr (100-167) says he was engaged in agricultural carpentry, making "ploughs and yokes".

Nazareth1A small village at the time of Jesus, the city of Sepphoris was clearly visible from Nazareth. On the death of Herod the Great in 4 BC the city was burnt. Herod’s son Antipas began a rebuilding programme in 3 BC and made it the capital of Galilee. The rebuilding of the city may explain why Joseph settled at Nazareth. A new city took approximately twelve years to build and offered steady work for a carpenter, six kilometres, an hour’s walk from Nazareth. How often,  Jesus must have visited Sepphoris with his friends and with Joseph. Yet, there is no mention of the city in the New Testament.

During the years of his ministry Jesus rarely visited Nazareth. Rejected in his own village, he made his home at Capernaum.

 

 

 

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