When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”
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"Yankee" - I get that alot. This is the pastor Deb from Agawam in Massachusetts. Though all of my ministry years have been in the south, I am still "that Yankee." Our growing up places mark our identity forever. We have no control in how those places are viewed in the eyes of other people. In Jesus' case, a prophet may be noteworthy but a prophet from Galilee was suspect. Can anything good come from Galilee? The crowd was loading their arsenal against this outsider for causing in a stir in their normal day. Inspite of the life the outsider came to bring us, we still look for reasons to dismiss him.
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Forgive us, Lord, for not taking your love seriously. Amen.