To honor is “to value, see as weighty and precious.” If the object of our honor is a person, specifically one who is in authority, honor carries the meaning of respect and reverence.
For a moment, let’s consider how the Gospels illustrated how individuals honored Jesus Christ. Never was a man more loved, never was a man more adored and never was a man more hated and never was a man more despised.
Some fell at His feet and kissed them.
Some bowed to him in absolute awe and total worship and abandoned love.
Some acknowledged him as the one who fulfilled all their hopes and all their dreams and all their desires for time and eternity.
Others spit on him.
Matter of fact, people still lie on Jesus (that’s a plug for another post).
The people in Jesus's hometown of Nazareth acknowledged that His words were wise and His works were mighty. However, they didn't believe that He was worthy of honor as a prophet.
Here’s the crazy thing, Jesus had been preaching here, there, and everywhere. He was opening up blind eyes, casting out demons, turning water to wine...and then he gets to Nazareth and he couldn’t NOT do miracles there.
Nazareth was slightly different from the other places he preached. The people there had seen Him grow up. They knew His family. But, they didn’t respect Him as the Messiah. They probably said to themselves, “Who does He think He is? He’s no different from any of us.”
Individuals that are favored, gifted, and/or anointed are always faced with this predicament. Those with the gift of discerning of spirits can hear the murmurs of:
“I’m smart too”.
“What about me”?
“I wish that I could _____ like him/her”.
“He’s not special”.
“She’s not special”.
“I can do it better”.