Why can Jesus not work miracles in his home town? He has wisdom. He is well known. His mother is Mary, James and Joset and Jude and Simon are his brothers. His sisters are present. But they would not accept him. Jesus’ answer to the question is that a “prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house”.
I would like to take a minute with the last verse: “and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by the laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.”
We have seen in the previous two Sundays how important faith is in seeking healings from Jesus. Last Sunday, the woman with the haemorrhage receives healing for her touch of the Lord, but she received a greater gift of being saved. “Your faith has saved you”. Jesus’ mission is more than to heal. It is not much favour to us if we are totally healed, for example in our limbs, if we are then still able to walk into Hell! Jesus wants us whole in body and soul. He wants to offer us healing in the sense of Salvation. It was easy for him to lay on hands and heal the sick. The miracle he desired and was unable to achieve was to win the hearts and minds of his fellow villagers!!
“He was amazed at their lack of faith!!”