“He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?”
Matthew 13:54, NLT
Chapter 13 of Matthew is your very own gold mine. There are veins of precious ore throughout these parables. They will give their riches to anyone humble enough to seek them. They each are concentrated truth–these parables are gold!
Parables are a fascinating way to impart teaching that requires a quiet and gentle heart. Not everyone will gain access to them. The truth in them will only touch the hungry heart, the real seeker. It’s like they are locked up, and the Holy Spirit has the combination, but He will gladly share it with the sincere heart.
At this point in Jesus’ ministry, He arrives in His hometown. He goes to the synagogue and begins to teach. (What an awesome time to be in the congregation.) Their teacher Jesus is absolutely astounding! They stand and watch Him; they are astonished and amazed. The text tells us that Jesus not only taught them, but He performed supernatural healings.
The people in Nazareth who were witnesses in such a direct way, begin to draw false conclusions about Jesus. They can’t deal with His youth and can’t believe what He has come from God–as their Messiah.
However the general consensus was profound; “everyone” was in agreement with what they had just witnessed. For a few, they would never be the same. When we encounter Jesus, and hear His wisdom, and see His wonders–it has the power to change us. And that is no mean feat.