The Shackling of Omnipotence
INTRODUCTION: The gospels record that the Lord Jesus visited his hometown on two occasions after He began his public ministry. It was here that Jesus was raised as a boy and worked as a carpenter until 30 years of age. Luke 2:52 says, ‘‘And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.’’ It is apparent from the text before us that unbelief affected the ministry of the Son of God in His hometown and among His own people. Always keep in mind that Mark 6 is preceded by Mark 2:-12 and many other recorded miracles. Maybe our Lord had hoped that word had preceded Him and prepared His way. His heart yearns for ‘‘His own country’’ and ‘‘His own people.’’
The people of Nazareth needed to heed the warning of Hebrews 3:12, ‘‘Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.’’
Charles Darwin said that belief was ‘‘the most complete of all distinctions between man and the lower animals.’’ If this observation is true, it suggests that lack of faith on man’s part puts him on the same level as the animals.
Agnostic orator, Col. Robert Ingersoll, described a believer as ‘‘a songless bird in a cage.’’ You would probably agree that his words better describe an unbeliever!
‘‘Jesus looking for a people that will allow him to be himself.’’
It has now been a year since Jesus had been to Nazareth where before He had been rejected by the people and evicted from the synagogue (Luke 4:16-30). Here we have the story of a people that did not take Jesus seriously.
I. THE FEARLESSNESS OF THE SON OF GOD 1-2a
A. HIS DEVOTION. 1
Jesus had been in Nazareth a year earlier and received harsh treatment, but His devotion brought Him back.
Luke 4:29 ‘‘And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.’’
How patient God has b ...
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