Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”

– Matthew 13:54-57 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

On the outside, Jesus seemed like an ordinary person. The Scriptures tell us that He came from a large family, and that became a point of offense to those who knew Joseph and Mary’s household. We can miss what God is doing because we keep looking for the spectacular when God is using the ordinary in extraordinary ways. It seems to be His good pleasure to use foolish things to confound the wise.

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