The first is found in Luke 4:16-30. Jesus had gone to His hometown, Nazareth. He went into the synagogue as was His custom. It was an ordinary thing for Him to do, as it was for all Jews to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath. He then began to read from Isaiah 61:1,2. He stopped reading and the people were in shock and awe. They knew Him as the son of Joseph, not the Son of God. Verse 24 is very interesting, "No prophet is accepted in his own country." Jesus even gives the example of Elijah and the widow in Zarephath. Elijah had to go to Zarephath partly because no one took him in in his own country. Then the example of Elisha and Naaman the Leper. The people were greatly upset at him and tried to kill him. But He passed through them all and left Nazareth.
It is interesting how the people of Nazareth proved Jesus point. No prophet is accepted in his own country, and Jesus was not accepted in His country, homeland. Then a miracle is done, Jesus passed through the midst of the people, and they couldn't kill Him. Later, the people would kill Him, they would exclaim "His blood be on us and our children!" An amazing thought, Jesus, Savior of the World, was hated by His own people. I have often wondered how Jesus passed through the people without injury. I believe it was a miracle. Jesus left Nazareth and ministered throughout the land. He was rejected and despised in Nazareth, and in a very short period of time He would be rejected by the whole Jewish race. It was this rejection that brought salvation to all mankind. What a sabbath this was! Praise the Lord that on that day He showed the people of Nazareth that it was He who was to Preach the Gospel, heal the brokenhearted, deliver the captive, recovering sight to the blind, giving liberty to the bruised, and preaching the acceptable year of the