Jesus visited His place of childhood period, where he played with his friends and probably assisted the father in carpentry. Jesus had not done a lot of miracles there, as He had done in other places. They held a prejudiced perception about Him, even though He was the Son of God, and they had heard or seen a lot of “great stories” about His birth and wisdom (Luke 2:52). He could still not do much because they had marginalized Him and placed Him at the peripheral.

In today’s passage, we see Jesus associated with the poor, broken-hearted, captives, blind and oppressed. Who do we associate with, and how do we consider the poor and marginalized? We again see in the passage that though Jesus carried the power of God and gracious words proceeded out of His mouth, the people still looked down upon Him because they still considered Him the “carpenter’s son”.

Perception can block our opportunities of being blessed. It can blind us from seeing the good in others, prevent the Lord from blessing us with the potentials of others, or seize the opportunities prepared for us.

Again, when we marginalize people, we impede their creativity and prevent them from fulfilling their full potential. The people at last wanted to kill Jesus because they had no regard for Him. Marginalization can lead to hatred and birth out many violent behaviours. Marginalization is sin, an indication that we have not fully known the Lord.