“And He was not able to do even one work of power there, except that He laid His hands on a few sickly people and cured them.” Mark 6:5 Amplified
As we enter the week before the remembrance of our Lord’s crucifixion we continue to look at His humanity. It’s helpful to me to see Him as completely human, though He was completely divine as well. That’s something our finite minds have trouble wrapping around. For me, to see His humanity is to see how well He understands me. I love my dog but I don’t know what it feels like to be a dog. Jesus knows what it feels like to be a human being.
Our verse today is interesting as it tells of His journey back to Nazareth, His home town. He went to the synagogue He knew so well and was teaching. The people He grew up with listened to Him and asked each other questions about Him. They wondered how He became so knowledgable and wise, wasn’t He a carpenter, wasn’t He the son of Mary, weren’t His brothers and sisters still living there? It says they took offense at Him and were hurt, this hindered them from believing and acknowledging His authority. They were caused to stumble and fall. Jesus told them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and among his relatives.” Then our verse today states He was not able to do even one work of power. How is it that the Almighty could not overcome their lack of unbelief? I believe that’s where we see His humanity, He let their unbelief hinder Him. How often do we fail to talk to our own family about spiritual things or even witness to them to get saved? Jesus understands how we feel, though He didn’t let them stop Him from witnessing and neither should we. The next verse says He went about the surrounding villages and taught.
It’s sad that His own town didn’t believe, but maybe later some did. I’m sure Jesus was sad at that too, as we are sad that family members are lost. Let us continue to pray for them and those in our sphere of influence and maybe one day those lost ones will open their heart to the Lord.