In Luke 4 beginning at 14 and ending with verse 30 we hear the story of how Jesus was rejected from Nazareth his home town. We understand this passage, rightly so, as a reminder that Jesus could not be accepted by those who knew him, who watched him grow up and in turn who turned against him - attempting to end his life here in this moment. And yet Jesus not only survives, he preforms a miracle in front of them that they all witness but none see.
For any who know my husband they know his ability to be looking for something and simple not see it. He is always asking him "where is ______" only for me to tell him that it is right in front of him, or perhaps even on him. No this isn't old age, he isn't there yet, it is simple your brains inability to "see" something you are striving really hard to find. Psychology even has a term for this and my husband should be picture in the dictionary for he is truly skilled at this.
I digressed to this because our passage from Luke ends with the verse: "But he [Jesus] passed through the midst of them and went on his way." An angry crowd who was ready to hurt and hurl Jesus off a cliff, a crowd who Jesus grew up in and surly knew his face and what he looked liked - missed Jesus as he walked amongst them for safety. Jesus was able to disguise himself from them. As Christ, Jesus uses disguise elsewhere (an example would be the Road to Damascus) to hide his true identity. In this passage it isn't that Jesus refuses to do miracle or to heal people who need it, but he simple states that it won't work - it isn't that he won't, he can't. For these people in Nazareth the Jesus that they know isn't the Christ that Jesus has become. In knowing and accepting the humanity of Jesus they are unable to see the Divine. In Jesus' ability to simple walk away from the crowd proves his point - they are unable to fully see the all that Christ has to offer!
And this is where we sit today. Church for many has become old hat, church has become a place where we go to socialize. Christianity for many simply means meaning a decent person or allowing "Christian" (not even "Christ") ethics to set up your life and decisions. On the search or hunt for the historical Christ we have fail to see the Christ that live and dwells around us and through us. We have fail to open ourselves up to the Divine presence and worst we have become like those in Nazareth.
Let us change that! Open yourself up to the Spirit of God. Allow yourself to see Christ anew, to allow yourself to be Redeemed and to allow your Spirit to be an extension of God in the world. See what Christ can offer your life if you allow your Spirit to be open. God is here in our world. The Redeem is walking amongst us and we are serving Jesus in many disguise, don't be like those in this passage today that can't or won't see God. Don't be afraid of what the true Divinity of Christ can offer you and open your eyes to the Spirit Divine!