And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day…
If we were to single out one place as illustrating more perhaps than any other place St. John's remark, "He came to His own and His own received Him not," that place would surely be Nazareth.
I. Observe THE VALUE WHICH THE LORD PUTS UPON THE PUBLIC MEANS OF GRACE — "As His custom was." Although there was very little life or spirituality in the synagogue services, yet Jesus was a habitual worshipper there. What a lesson for those who excuse themselves on such grounds as that —
1. They can pray as well at home. Do they?
2. The service is not quite to their mind (Hebrews 10:25).
II. THE ACCOUNT WHICH CHRIST GAVE AT NAZARETH OF HIS OWN OFFICE AND MINISTRY.
III. THE EFFECT PRODUCED BY OUR OUR'S DISCOURSE AT NAZARETH,
1. Admiration and astonishment.
2. But, mingled with this, contempt.
3. And so Christ and His salvation are rejected.
(G. T. Harding, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.