While Jesus was in Nazareth, he went to the synagogue. He read from the scroll where he prophesied about the Messiah—and was reading about himself. Apparently, the worshippers were captivated and seemed to understand something special was happening. He confirmed it by saying, “It came true just now.” However, it didn’t take long before everyone reverted to the fact that Jesus was just the son of the carpenter, Joseph.
What does it take to convince someone that he or she is really who they claim to be? With TV cameras on our famous people and politicians, one would think it would be easy to identify the truth when we see it. Unfortunately, for all the good press, we have bad press, too, and some people delight in distorting the truth, such as what we see on magazines covers while waiting to check out at the grocery store.
In John 8:32, Jesus told the Jews that if they believe him and stick with what he tells them, then they would experience the truth, and “the truth will free you.” So, why was it so hard for them to believe Jesus? Perhaps it seemed too good to be true.
Lord, you know the truth and want us to follow your directions and examples through Jesus. Amen.