The carpenter’s son goes back to His hometown, around the people He grew up with, and the neighborhoods He used to frequent as a youngster.
His hometown folk were astonished at how much He had grown in wisdom and knowledge as He taught in the synagogue on the Sabbath. They marveled at His discourse and His level of wisdom, and the miracles that had been performed by His hands.
Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon. And are not His sisters here with us? What gives? Why does this common carpenter have such great wisdom and knowledge, and the ability to perform such miracles?
And because the people of Jesus’ hometown had such low expectations of a common carpenter they did not have faith in Him, despite the miracles they had seen Him perform, to actually be healed themselves. And many of them desperately needed to be healed.
The Bible says that because of their unbelief, Jesus could not do many miracles there except lay hands on a few sick folks and heal them (Mark 6:5 & Matthew 13:58).
The healer was in their midst, but because of their unbelief (their lack of faith in Him) they could receive no healing from Him.
The 21st Century Church
Let’s move this story forward to the 21st century, and let’s talk about the church.
Many of us in the church are like the people of Jesus’ hometown. We are acquainted with Jesus. We know His history and lineage. We know His mother, Mary, and His father, Joseph, well.
We’ve seen Jesus as that babe in the manger. We’ve watched Him as a young boy sit at discourse in the temple with elders more than five times His age.
We’ve watched Jesus begin His public ministry. We’ve seen Him walk on water. Calm the raging storm. We’ve even seen Him heal many people, like the man with the withered hand, the paralyzed man, the blind man, and many more.
We know His work and His reputation. We know He’s done it for other people … but, we don’t believe He could do it for us. We don’t have faith for Jesus to heal us.
Dying at the Buffet of Starvation
We sit in church week after week with the Bread of Life and still go away hungry.
We go to church Sunday after Sunday and the Great Physician is standing ready to heal but many leave church unhealed. When the preacher says “Amen” we pack up our sicknesses and take them back home with us, to deal with them, and in some cases suffer with them, another week.
We are no different from the people of Jesus’ hometown. We lack the faith to be healed by Him. And because we lack faith our unbelief becomes a hindrance for us. It actually blocks our healing.
We are like hungry people in need of nourishment who come to the buffet and leave away hungry. We sit at the table and refuse to eat.
Lord, help us. And help our unbelief.
Jesus is standing at the ready to heal our many illnesses. Not only can He do it, He wants to do it.
Do you remember what the Bible says about Israel when they were brought out of Egypt?
The Bible says: “He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.” Psalm 105:37.
Not one of them was feeble, weak, or sickly. God did this for them. He loved Israel. They were His people. And we are also His people. And He wants to do it for us too.
Stop sitting with the Bread of Life on the table and refusing to partake of the supper He’s laid out for you. If you walk away hungry from this spread, remember, this was your choice.
Eat and Live.
Be well, and God bless.
Jeanita Jinnah is a Christian blogger and freelance writer. Her passion is for the church of God, and seeing them walk in the fullness of their calling. Jeanita is a voice in the wilderness calling the church to the marriage supper of the Lamb. Come, feast, and be nourished.
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