“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph,
Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Isn’t it quite sad that even in this day 2014 years later, that this statement still rings true. It seems like the people our hearts cry for the most to be healed and saved from the curse of sin and it’s repercussions on this world; our closest family members and dearest friends – happen to be among those who most vehemently reject the authority and saving grace offered by the Lord Jesus Christ which comes by faith.
It’s also equally important to note that it was in these places, where people lacked faith in His Name, that even He who came as a man anointed with the Holy Spirit, was unable to perform any miracles to a perverse and unbelieving generation.
Even so called “believers” are turning away from prayer and the power of God to meet their needs.
Just as they did back then, its become increasingly evident that we take offense to the mere thought that servants of Christ still steward the ability to heal the sick according to the will of the Father.
We seem to be waiting for a new mandate to know we have the authority to do so when Jesus already commissioned us:
As you go, preach, saying, ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand” “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons, Freely you received, freely give.”
If we believe this to be the evidence to the authority of our commission, then why is it that we go out adding the words “if it’s the Father’s will” to our requests, as if our commission did not already include it?
Do we also wake up and ask the Lord: “if it’s your will today, and you provide adequate confirmation, then I will preach the Gospel to someone today”
I truly hope not!
If more people don’t believe in the message of the truth regarding the salvation of our souls, it’s only because most of us walk around like we ourselves don’t believe it eiher; trying to fit in when we were called to stand out. We should show forth the evidence of faith in our own lives first by being the ones bold enough to preach, proclaim healing, cast out demons, and be the men and women in Christ we were called to be
We’ve been given a heavenly mandate, not of this world.
A commission from our great High Priest – God Himself.
What, then, does it mean to be a servant of Christ?
Even the Centurion recognized the authority of Jesus Christ. His words and actions were evidence that if he truly believed Him to be God, then He knew nothing could be impossible with Him
That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”
My question for you today is:
When Jesus returns, or you go to be with Him, will He be amazed at your faith, or amazed your “lack” of faith?