“He was amazed at their unbelief.” Mark 6:6.
Early in Jesus’ ministry, as he was wondering throughout northern Judea preaching, He happened upon His hometown of Nazareth. Though Christ had been received well in every other town He’d entered, His reception in Nazareth was quite different. As soon as Christ entered the town, preaching and teaching, the people of Nazareth quickly began murmuring and questioning Him. “Isn’t that the carpenter’s son” they’d ask, “the one who’s mother and brothers we know; where does He get this authority?” Obviously, the people thought, since they had known Jesus since He was a boy, He couldn’t possibly have any authority to teach and preach in the way that He was doing. After all, He was just the carpenter’s boy, and He hadn’t gone to the right schools.
Scripture tells us that Christ does no miracles in Nazareth because of their unbelief. He goes on to say a few words about a prophet having no honor in his hometown, but Mark 6:6 has to stand out as one of the most haunting verses in the Bible, “He was amazed at their unbelief.” The level of unbelief that the people of Nazareth had was enough to shock the One who created the universe, the One who knows all things.
We sit back and wonder how the people of Nazareth could be so blind and so spiritually calloused and not realize what they were missing out on, but we do the same things in our own lives today. We find every opportunity and reason to put God in a box, to try to limit His power and influence over our lives, to try to explain why He can’t do things. We rationalize and justify things to ourselves, leaving God out of the picture. We think that, for whatever reasons, He can’t or He won’t help us. We forget that Christ, just He did on the day He entered Nazareth, wants to do great and amazing things for us. We simply have to believe in Him.