Pastor Matt explores in this passage why Jesus is rejected in his own home town. Pastor Matt posits that perhaps familiarity breeds contempt; there was scandal in this carpenter who with his hands healed the sick rather than building furniture as carpenters should. There was scandal in “just Jesus” perhaps being the hope of the Israelites.
Pastor Matt tells the story of Joshua Bell a world renowned Concert Violinist who put on a free, anonymous concert in a DC Metro. In the 45 minute concert no crowd gathered and many passed by this show without pause. The commuters “knew” this performer, he certainly wasn’t of note but rather he was nothing more than a hustler looking for a quick buck.
Both the Israelites and commuters were conditioned in a way to not recognize the Messiah in their midst or the concert violinist in their presence.