And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself.’ What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.” Luke 4:22-23
Jesus had just finished telling the crowd at the synagogue that Isaiah’s prophesy had been fulfilled in their presence. While they spoke well of Jesus I believe they were taken aback as Jesus, a home town boy, had just claimed to be the Messiah. I imagine many of them though Jesus either quite ill or mad or both.
They knew Jesus and many had no doubt grown up with Him or saw Him grow up. Here was a carpenter’s son claiming to be the Messiah. Here was the guy who had fixed their chairs, built furniture for them and maybe helped build a house or two in Nazareth and now Jesus is placing Himself on a par with God.
They had however heard what Jesus was supposed to have done in Capernaum and maybe a few had heard about the wine thing in Canna. They wanted to see for themselves if Jesus could indeed perform miracles. They wanted proof.
Jesus was not in the business of performing for the crowd. His miracles were solely to show the Jews that He was indeed who He said He was. I wonder if the people of Nazareth had not demanded miracles if Jesus would have done as He did in other cities and healed those who were in need. But they had already heard of the miracles Jesus had already done so there was no need to prove Jesus Himself.
It is our refusal to believe that keeps us separated from God. God is willing to have everyone come to Him and have a relationship with Him. God will not force us to do so. Miracles are the way God shows us that the person in question is from God. They are not parlor tricks are done for our amusement and entertainment. Miracles by their nature are rare. If they were common place then they would no longer be miracles.
God could indeed perform miracles such that no one could resist. But to quote CS Lewis “He cannot ravish. He can only woo.” God does not want to force us to love Him; He wants each of us to come to Him on our own.
Have a blessed day,