And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas?
And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, a prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
Why has it happened so many times throughout the history of mankind that people who are closest always misunderstand? We should have expected just the contrary, that the people of Jesus’ village would understand him first. Before anyone else would understand him, the people of Jesus’ house, family, relatives, would understand him first. But it doesn’t happen. Why? A deep insight into the human ego is needed to understand it.
With those who are close to you –tribe, race, class and so forth-, it is very difficult to believe that they had gone beyond and above you. If somebody else who is not close to you goes beyond you, maybe you are not bothered – he is so far away; the competitive ego does not arisen. But if your own brother goes and you are left behind — and you were born to the same parents, you lived in the same house, and you were educated in the same school; and your own brother goes so far away — your ego is hurt. Then what have you been doing? You feel defeated, you feel a loser. Then the easiest way is to deny that he has gone beyond, and then the easiest way is to prove that he is just as ordinary as you are ordinary. The easiest way is to disprove his claim, to deny.
It is for this reason that only very few men really understood the intention of the efforts of Jesus two thousand years ago. This further explains why over the last two thousand years the coded messages of Jesus have remained the muse of many educated scholars and theologians few of which have grasped the salvific concept of Jesus. Apparently, the human mind is usually too focused on the material portion of this existence that even when Jesus reappeared to-day not even the most educated men or the most religious would recognize him. Why is that so? If Dogen Zenji was here am sure he would have given the most wise answer to that question. For now, I shall just tinker with it in my meditations.