Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. (Mark 6:1-6)
He Could Only Heal A Few Sick People
It was not uncommon in the ministry of Jesus for great multitudes to follow Him and He would heal them all: every one of them. The lame, blind, mute, maimed, demon possessed, diseased, lepers and those in need of healing all received the soothing hand of the Lord. Countless numbers of people saw the power of God through the working of the Finger of God showing the divinity of Jesus. He taught them the kingdom of Heaven. The common people gladly heard Him. His ministry was an inspiring success in so many places. Nazareth would be a very different story.
There is something special about the native son who returns home. Jesus was a teacher, healer, miracle worker and He caused a stir wherever He went. Religious leaders were upset with Him, crowds followed Him daily. Disciples gathered around Him leaning on every word He spoke. There was much to be said about this man from Nazareth. The city where Jesus grew up should have been very receptive to the ministry of the Lord. Jesus had spent many years in the synagogue of Nazareth. Returning now would be very different. The people were offended by Him. He was nothing more than a carpenter’s son and what gives him the right to teach them?
This had to be very disheartening to Jesus. He knew these people better than anyone. Growing up in their midst, the son of Joseph and Mary had thirty years of experience with their families, their joys and sadness, the good days and the bad days of living under Roman rule. A lot of things happen in three decades. These were the people of Jesus. As He returns to the city, He is cast out as a nobody. A few sick people came to Jesus and He healed them. He could do no mighty work and how He must have wanted to do something more in His hometown. Rejection. It caused the Son of God to marvel at how stubborn and rebellious men can be. Sometimes Jesus would see incredible faith in the lives of those who followed Him; now He was witnessing incredible unbelief among His own people.
The leading cause of death in the world is not cancer, heart attack, accidents or a long list of maladies or circumstances. What kills more people than anything is sin. Man is searching for the cure to every known disease but refuses to seek the healing from sin through Jesus Christ. Like the days of Nazareth, man will not see the power of God in Jesus Christ. He changes lives, heals broken hearts, mends shattered lives and gives hope on an eternal scale. Few come to the Lord to be healed. It would seem the Lord still marvels at the universal scale of unbelief in the world. The Bible contains all man needs to find happiness and few there are who seek it.
The kingdom of death so reigned over men, that the deserved penalty of sin would have hurled all headlong even into the second death, of which there is no end, had not the undeserved grace of God saved some therefrom. (Augustine, The City of God, XIV, 426)