Miracles and Unbelief

Jesus is God, therefore not limited in power.  And yet when it says in Mark 6:5 that “He was not able to do any miracles there”, it looks like limited power.

There is just one area that God will never trample on. Free will.  And that is what is showing in Nazareth.

In Mark 6:1-6 Jesus is in his home town of Nazareth and since they were offended and lacked unbelief Jesus was not able to do any miracles.

At first they were amazed and astonished at the teaching of Jesus.  But then doubt took hold.  They questioned the wisdom and miracles since they recall him growing up, knowing he was a carpenter, and that this family still lived there.  How could this be the messiah when they didn’t see that during the years when he lived in Nazareth before this ministry?  Doubt crept in and then I bet someone spoke out out loud and said he was offended by Jesus.  And those words took root in others and the doubt spread to unbelief.

They heard Jesus teaching and they heard of and/or saw the miracles, and yet they let their doubt take root and spread to unbelief.It was not for lack of power, but unbelief. Not that Jesus could do no miracles because it says He did heal some sick folks in Nazareth. But since the folks were showing unbelief, that unbelief spread and created doubt and unbelief.

Nazareth could have embraced the Messiah and put up a sign welcoming folks to Jesus hometown.  but they let the words of the past ring true.  “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown, among his relatives, and in his household.”  Sad.

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