Dare We Trust God for A Miracle?
How much fun would it have been to be a follower of Jesus? Even better one of the 12 disciples who spent three years with Him. Listening to Him teach. Hearing Him confound the Pharisees and Sadducees. And better yet not knowing the next miracle He was going to accomplish. Talk about a motivated following. These guys saw more miracles than anyone has ever or will ever see.
After Jesus had healed the woman, who had been bleeding for 12 years by her simply touching His robe. He then went to the home of Jairus, the leader of the local synagogue, and raised his little girl from the dead.
I am wondering how the disciples must have been feeling at that point. I am guessing they were astounded and amazed. Talk about feeling like your backing the right horse; these guys must have felt a great sense of humility and honor that they were asked to walk with Him every day.
So, He decided to go back to his hometown of Nazareth. Maybe it was time to check in on His mom Mary and father Joe, and see his brothers and sisters. The next day was the Sabbath, so they all went to synagogue, like church for Jewish people, and as was His tendency He taught the message, and everyone was blown away. Here is what they said;
“Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands? “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” Mark 6:3-4
They had heard to scouting reports and listened to the news about what Jesus was doing elsewhere on His tour. However, the next words of the text are amazing;
“And they took offense at Him.”
They were upset! It bothered them that this little Jesus that they watched grow up and that kid, who was now all the rage … enraged them. Made them mad and they disbelieved what they had heard about Him. So Jesus makes an aside comment to His disciples;
“‘A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.’ And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He wondered at their unbelief.” Mark 6:4-6
Sometimes I wonder if Jesus does not wonder at our unbelief. While we are being chewed up in the garbage disposal of our shame and fear we walk around like dogs with our tails between our legs. We live in fear of our Savior. Read that sentence again. We live in fear of our Savior. How is it possible that we can have any fear at all towards the one who has died for us? How much of that fear is driven by our unbelief?
Is it possible that our lack of believing that God is completely ALL IN for us to become holy, is hindering the work He wants to do? Could our lack of faith be hindering our healing?
Absolutely … more tomorrow.