Fruitless Unbelief

July 4, 2018

Matthew 13:57… And they took offence at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”And He did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.  

            This was written of his return to His hometown, Nazareth. The people of Nazareth knew Jesus as Joseph’s son and Mary’s son. He had possibly played with the other kids in the town as he was growing up. There is no written record of Jesus’ growing up years.  I guess that was not important to the story. When he returned home, as told in this chapter, the people did not believe His claims to divinity. He was not a… “good guy” or a “type of prophet” or a “well taught Rabbi.” He was, to them, a liar… possibly a “loony.” If you are seeing Jesus only as a man, you are missing His most important qualities… He is God.

            “And He did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.”

            This statement is interesting. It speaks either of limitations in Jesus or purposeful actions on his part. A thorough reading of the scriptures teaches us that Jesus was without limitations, so, it probably doesn’t mean that. That leaves us with the other explanation… He, intentionally, didn’t do many mighty works. Why would He make that choice? “Because of their unbelief” … the Bible tells us. Jesus did not want to encourage unbelief. The Bible is clear… “they that believe in Him…”

            Many people want the benefits of being a Christian, without the responsibility.  It doesn’t work like that. Our question is not, “What more can I get?” Our question ought to be, “What must I do, Lord?” I am not encouraging a “good works” Christian experience; I am merely discouraging an entitlement attitude. Jesus is so much more than our example; He is our Savior. Try as we might, we will never accomplish that.  He rose from the dead. Any takers?

            Are you in a season of few great works?  Check your belief meter. Have you allowed doubt to take over? Have you let logic take root? God’s love for us is not logical. “Lean not to your own understanding.”

Trust in the Lord, with ALL your heart.