The Outcast from Nazareth

It was inevitable that Jesus Christ should be crucified. It was also inevitable that He should rise again.  

H.R.L. Sheppard

Fitting in was always troubling for me growing up. Even though I had many friends and I was welcomed by everyone, something was still different. I often spent time alone because something always seemed to separate me from the crowds. Until this day, people point it out and often vocalize it to me. “There is something different about you.” 

Being different comes with a price to pay. Outside the norm is not always accepted or welcomed by society. Different usually stands out and is easily recognized. When you believe differently than those around you or simply see life from a different vantage point, it does not go unnoticed. 

Jesus presented himself as the Messiah and really upset the religious leaders of his time. The status quo was disrupted by someone who was raised in Nazareth. A small place with not much to offer and far from topping the most visited places by tourists list. The carpenter’s son was not accepted and outcast from his home town. Outcast and nearly killed in his homecoming debut. 

However, this did not hold him back. It was not the last time he would return to Nazareth. Being neglected was not a surprise to him. Since before birth he was not welcomed by society. A society not knowing who was incubated in Mary’s womb. After his birth his parents are forced to escape to Egypt while Herod sent to kill all of the first borns under the age of two. 

During his ministry, the religious leaders plotted to kill him. They ran him out of his home town and neglected his purpose to save the world from sin. He came as a savior but was crucified like a criminal. 

Having risen on the third day as he said he would, he defeated death shedding his blood to grant us all an opportunity and access to eternal life. Many have accepted to walk with Christ, but yet many have declined. Jesus till this day is still neglected from non-believer’s hearts and an outcast from their home’s even though the sacrifice was made for all. 

Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”

Mark 6:4  

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