Matthew 13:53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, 54 and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?" 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household." 58 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.
Isaiah 53:2 reveals a Jesus that was ordinary in appearance, "no form of majesty" or "beauty" that would cause Him to be followed or looked at as special. He was a hometown boy known as the carpenter's son, with all in town familiar with his ordinary family of at least seven children. It seems nobody ever took seriously Jesus' miraculous beginning in a virgin. All seemed to be forgotten 30+years after His birth.
The town people were astonished at His teaching and could not figure out where Jesus gained such wisdom and the ability to do mighty works. All the people could see was the ordinary carpenter's son. Our past perceptions can hinder the present reality and keep us from experiencing all the Lord desires to do among us. Jesus could not do many mighty works in His hometown because of the peoples' unbelief. "Jesus is just a local kid who grew up among us" was the common thought among the people in His old neighborhood. Jesus summed up the situation in the following words, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household."
Are we missing some extraordinary wisdom of the Lord because it is coming to us in a common, ordinary package we are all too familiar with? Lord, help us receive your wisdom and works even if the agent is ordinary and familiar. Keep us from missing what you are saying and doing in the present because of our past perceptions. Increase our faith so You can do even more among us.