After the two days he departed for Galilee. (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast. John 4:43-45
Can you imagine how you would feel if the kid down the street you grew up with is now as an adult going around proclaiming he is God? Yeah, he was a nice kid and never seemed to get into the same type of mischief you did but God. Now that would be a little hard to swallow. But what if it was your brother that was making these claims, even harder to believe. Well, that is exactly how the people in Galilee reacted to hearing Jesus’ claims.
We know that because of their unbelief that Jesus did not perform many miracles in that region. Not because He couldn’t but because He was not in the custom of forcing belief by performing miracles. Jesus did miracles as a sign that He was who he claimed to be. Similar to the miracles performed by the prophets, Jesus performed miracles to show that he was from God and not only that but that He was God.
Still, people are the same then as now. They did not want to hear about a man performing miracles; they wanted to see him perform miracles. Now that some had gone to Jerusalem and witnessed Jesus’ miracles they were now ready to welcome Him home. No longer ashamed of His claims, they had seen for themselves. They may not have been ready to proclaim Jesus the Son of God but at the very least they probably thought He was at least a prophet of God.
Had I been there I would have reacted the same. Before I would be ready to believe some outlandish claim made by a childhood friend, or one of my brothers, I would need to witness something that would change my mind. I wonder, would I have believed? So many that saw Jesus did not. Which group would I have fallen into, believer or skeptic? I am so glad we have been blessed with the eyewitness testimony of John and the others as well as the teachings handed down over the centuries.
Have a blessed day,