“”A prophet is not without honor except in his native place…” The people in the synagogue at Nazareth were perplexed because this carpenter, whom they thought they knew, didn’t speak or act like a carpenter. He acted outside of his assigned honor status, so they didn’t want to accept Him. Thus, Jesus “was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people…” Jesus seems to demand faith in Him before He would do any “mighty deed.”
How often do we have difficulties accepting someone because we think we know “who he is.” “That’s beyond him,” we might say. We allow our prejudices to get in the way of really “seeing” the other person. Jesus said, “By their fruits you shall know them.” How people act is often more important than who they are.