"But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house" (Mark 6:4).
A town will give great honor to a "hometown boy" if he makes good in athletics or the entertainment world. But if he becomes known as an influential Christian, the hometown folks usually are embarrassed about it.
Jesus Himself experienced this. He grew up in
At first, "all bare Him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth" (Luke 4:22). But then, as He applied a key prophecy to Himself, and rebuked them for their unbelief, they "were filled with wrath" and tried unsuccessfully to slay Him (Luke 4:28-29).
"Neither did His brethren believe in Him" (John 7:5), and only His mother was with Him when He was crucified (John 19:25). As David had written prophetically, "I am become a stranger unto my brethren. . . . For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up" (Psalm 69:8-9).
Perhaps those Christians who have been rejected by their family and former friends can identify with Jesus when He said: "For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother" (Mark 3:35). We still have a family -- an eternal one! HMM