Jesus Wasn't Able
30 October 2017
Reading: Job 21; Mark 5-6
Jesus wasn’t able to do much of anything there—he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, that’s all. (Mark 6:5 MSG)
Jesus wasn’t able to do much of anything in Nazareth, his hometown. In Gadara, he had driven a mob of demons out of a madman and set him free and thankful – a total transformation! In Capernaum a woman who had suffered twelve years from a disease and from the doctors who tried to cure her had merely touched the edge of his robe in faith, releasing and receiving heaven’s power to heal her. Then, minutes later, he arrived at the home of Jairus, leader of the local synagogue, and brought his twelve-year-old daughter back to life.
Not long after all these things, on a day that should have been a day off for him and his disciples, he fed over 5000 hungry people with five biscuits and two sardines. Then in the middle of the night, he walked on water and calmed a storm. By the time he and his friends reached shore, the townspeople began bringing sick people into the market place and everyone who even touched the edge of his coat was healed. From town to town, from village to village, Jesus did miracles that brought heaven’s power to people’s desperate needs!
But in Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown, he wasn’t able to do much of anything! They had preconceived ideas about who he was and what he could and could not do. This atmosphere and attitude actually limited what Jesus could do – there, for them.
My skeptical attitude, my negative expectations, my preconceived ideas can limit what Jesus can do for me, in me, and through me. Or my attitude of faith, my hopeful expectations, and my openness to God at work can release the power of God in my life and my situation. That’s why an attitude of faith and an atmosphere of thankfulness is so important. I’m going to do better at that! How about you?
Father, Thank you for your word – for the stories of your power at work in my world. Thank you for the stories of others you have touched and helped and healed. Thank you for past experiences in my own life in which you have been faithful to help me when I needed help the most. I am determined that my attitude not hinder Jesus from being able to operate at his best in my life and my world. Amen.