And He (Jesus) did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.
Despised And Rejected
Jesus returned to His hometown to teach and preach in the local synagogue. After they heard Him, they discredited His wisdom by making statements like, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”
Rather than opening their hearts and having faith, the people were skeptics and resistant. Because they rejected Jesus, they were not able to see the great works and miracles that could have been done in that town. Many people could have been healed and saved. Some could have had new life by simply believing in Him. Even more could have been forgiven of their sins. That is tragic to hear that some people would reject the One who came to save the world.
Does your unbelief keep you from seeing the mighty works and miracles of Jesus? Sometimes we are just like those people who were skeptical and resistant. Sometimes we limit the power of God because of our unbelief. Just like the people of Nazareth, we try to humanize the things of God. Unbelief holds you back from witnessing the greatness of God. It enables us to see God’s power and glory. Unbelief hinders the work that God desires to do in you and through you. Unbelief causes us to question His ability to do great things. We should be like the father of the child in Mark 9:24 when he says, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Lord, I confess my unbelief and ask You to forgive me. Help me to faithfully live out what I believe.