The Pride of Nazareth
Jesus and Nazareth are inseparable. Jesus spent most of his life in Nazareth. The prophets had said, "He shall be called a Nazarene" (Matthew 2:23). History would remember him as Jesus of Nazareth. Even the demons called him that (Luke 4:34).
That's why this verse is one of the saddest in the Bible:
And he did not do many mighty works [in Nazareth], because of their unbelief. (Matthew 13:58)
It's a great irony that the Pride of Nazareth was rejected by the Nazarenes because of pride.
Can you believe this? Joseph the carpenter's son thinks he's a prophet! Well, we know his family and they're respectable enough people. But I know for a fact that he didn't receive any formal religious education. Where is he getting this teaching of his? Does he really think he's somebody great?
They were deeply offended (Matthew 13:57). Why? Because he was one of them.…