Jesus went to Nazareth, where he was raised, and as usual, he went to synagogue on the Sabbath. He stood up to read, and the writings of the prophet Isaiah were handed to him. Opening them, he went right to this passage:
“I am under the authority of God’s Spirit; because he has designated me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to set prisoners free, restore the vision of the blind, set the oppressed free, and announce that anyone can know God as a Father.”
Then he closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. All eyes were on him, wondering what he would say next. He started: “With your having heard these words, this ancient prophecy is officially fulfilled.”
Afterwards, everyone was in awe of his speaking skills. They asked each other, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”
Jesus piped up, “I can just hear it now. Someone out there is ready to say, ‘Physician, heal yourself,’ and ‘Why don’t you do here in your hometown all the supernatural things we heard you did in Capernaum?’ Well,” he continued, “Remember the Prophet Elijah? When there was a drought and famine in Israel for three and a half years, Elijah didn’t help any of the many Israelite widows, did he? Instead, he was sent to a widow in a foreign country and he kept her alive during the famine. And what about Elisha the prophet? There was no shortage of Israelites with leprosy, but the only one he healed from leprosy was a foreigner—Naaman from Syria. The fact is that no prophet is accepted in his hometown.”
The same people who had just been complimenting him became enraged when they heard this. They literally drove him out of town to the edge of the cliff the town was situated on, and they were going to throw him off the cliff! But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.