Wednesday, January 3, 2018

There's more to Jesus than Talk...

Luke 4:23 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.’” 24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
Jesus had come back to His hometown. He spoke in marvelous ways, but He knew it would take a lot more than that for people to believe He was the Messiah.  In fact, he knew they would expect more than any other town. They would not even believe if He did more. He chooses two miracles from the Old Testament as examples of God sending His servants elsewhere to do such things: provide food in a famine, and heal a leper.  What is interesting as we go on is that Jesus soon after does those same two things: providing food not just for a family, but five thousand families, and healing not one leper, but many. How much do we demand before we believe Him? He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The question is not "Can He?" or "Will He?", but "Do we trust Him?"

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