So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way. (Luke 4:28-30)
Anybody Seen Jesus?
It is one of the lesser known miracles of Jesus. He was about to be mobbed by an angry crowd and before any harm could come to the Lord He simply walked away from them without their knowledge. The people were filled with wrath at the boldness of the son of Joseph claiming to be the fulfilment of Isaiah’s words in Isaiah 49. They could not see Jesus as the Son of God because they knew Him as the son of Joseph and Mary growing up in Nazareth. It was the intention of the people to kill Jesus by throwing him over the cliff.
Imagine the scene: two men grab Jesus by the arms followed by a loud and boisterous crowd. The mob moves the Lord roughly out of the city and towards the brow of the hill. Their hearts are filled with rage and hatred. They plan to murder this man. Coming close to the cliff they begin to make plans on throwing them over. But then they look around and He is not there. They thought the other fellow had him. Where is Jesus? Confused faces. Accusations. What happened to the man we were going to throw over the cliff? Has anybody seen Jesus? Finally the perplexed crowd goes home. The stories that night at the evening meal were confused. “We took a man out to throw Him off a cliff and we lost Him.”
When men fill with anger they can’t see Jesus. Because of their spiritual blindness the people of Nazareth could not see the man before them as God’s Son. There are so many things that blind the hearts of men to Jesus. The miracle of Jesus’ disappearance was in accordance with the “hour” that had not yet come. When Jesus died it would be on God’s terms, not man. Still men refuse to see Jesus for who He really is and will try to destroy Him – but to no avail. Critics of the Holy Word have tried for centuries to discount the story of Jesus but it still lives. No one can change the plan of God. This was one of the great miracles of Jesus because He proves Who is in charge of this world. We serve a great God. He loved us enough to give us His Son.
In no one else in all history do you find an abiding hatred, an immortal hatred except against our Lord … The hatred against Christ has never weakened even after twenty centuries … because He is still an obstacle – an obstacle to sin, to selfishness, to godlessness, and to the spirit of the world. (Fulton J. Sheen, The Eternal Galilean, 1934)