1 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Striking to me in this text is not what Jesus is doing, but what Jesus is NOT doing. There is an inextricable connection between the ongoing and powerful work of God and the level of receptivity and response. The creative and restorative power of God is present but there is an unwillingness to believe and follow.
Are there things that I know God has called me to do but in my lack of faith have been unwilling to step forward and do? Obedience is not what earns the favor of God on me, but it is the avenue through which I experience the power of God in my life.
Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.
Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy. Amen.
Ken Brown, Pastor
Christ Community Church – Walnut Creek