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Cliffhanger! Jesus Rejected at Nazareth: Reflections on Luke 4:14-21

Still, he is a fine public speaker. He might bring considerable income and repute to our little town. But let's hear him out, even though we already know what he's going to say. He'll begin by praising us for the warm welcome. And then he'll praise us as Jews for our superior righteousness to Gentiles. He'll close by thanking us, calling us individually by name, for the nurturing we provided for him when he was growing up. Then he'll stay for a few weeks and heal and teach and draw lots of tourists to town to buy food from our food trucks and souvenirs from the gift shop and some overnighters for our inn. This will be a really good thing for us.

But now, we need to stop woolgathering and listen to what he has to say. He's seated now and has opened his mouth to speak.

(To be continued ...)

1/17/2013 5:00:00 AM
Alyce McKenzie
About Alyce McKenzie
Alyce M. McKenzie is the George W. and Nell Ayers Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.