Anyone familiar with any
sport will be quick to tell you about “the home court advantage.” I’m
not sure I can explain it to those who haven’t heard about it, but there
is statistical evidence to suggest that teams play better in their own
home turf than they do “on the road.”
It’s true in Baseball and
it’s true in Football. It’s true in Basketball and it’s true in
Tennis. It’s true in Little League and High School and in professional
But, if the story of Jesus
is any clue, it must not be true when it comes to faith. Jesus fares
poorly at home, so he sends his disciples on the road where they do
remarkably well. There apparently is no “home court advantage” when it
comes to ministry.
And I’ve spent a lot of
time trying to figure that out this week. Why is it that Jesus “can do
no great works” in his home town among his friends and family? We’ll
hear the results from the works of the Disciples in two weeks, but what
we’ll learn is that they do many great deeds in strange places.
How can that be? What
happened to the home court advantage? I’ve seen numerous towns
with signs that advertise it as the hometown of some famous person – and
some not so famous people! Most towns are proud of their sons and
daughters who do well because it speaks well of them. So why do the people in
Nazareth reject Jesus?