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It is impossible to have revival or see any great things happen if the Lord
Is not present and willing. Yet it is possible for Him to be present and
Willing and no might works be done.
Before some get ready to hang me for heresy, let me remind you that is
Exactly the scene we have in this passage. They had everything required
For great things to happen in their hometown, but little happened.
When I read that I get a sick feeling thinking about what could have been. What could be and could have been are very humbling concepts to me because I realize that I can miss out on what can be in my life. We who see this from the outside can see that things could have been much different.
(** V8 vegetable juice used to have a commercial where someone would drink a soda or some other juice and then realize they could have had a V8. they would say, “Wow I could have had a V8)
That was a catchy phrase that probably sold a lot of juice, but when it is applied to life it can be very sad. I don’t want to miss any might work the Lord wants to do in my life. It is humbling to be aware of that possibility.
Jesus was present with them and like many of the others they experienced little, but that was not what Jesus intended. I believe he wanted to do great things in his hometown. We might say that he had a special place in his heart for them and wanted them to experience the great things he could offer.
The one who spoke to the wind and it obeyed, the one who raised the dead was in their mist, yet the Bible tells us that “He could do no mighty works among them, except to lay hands on a few sick people and heal them”
Before we continue let us stop here for a moment and think about what this is saying.
Physical healing seemed to be one of the minor things Jesus wanted to do. It seemed to be the least he could do, yet we often make it the most he can do and limit him in his work among us.
Jesus did a lot of physical healing and relieved a lot of suffering, but that was not his main mission. However, we often make that the main thing we seek Jesus for. Have you noticed our prayer list? Most if not all those on our list are there because they have a physical illness. Now I don’t want to play down the role and need for physical healing. We should pray for the sick. The Bible tells us that. However, we have very few requests for the Lord to do some mighty works among us. Jesus was able to heal a few sick, but they missed out on the mighty works.
I can see that the folk in his hometown were very similar to many today. They wanted physical healing but little else. Healing is good and we should pray for those who are sick, but that shouldn’t be the totality of our request. Jesus desires to do much more than physical healing. When was the last time we got serious and asked the Lord to do a mighty work among us? We can see a few small works of the Lord in church and think that is all there is, but it could be that we are not being open to the mighty works.
Notice that is does not say that he did not want to do any mighty works there, but COULD NOT.
When we think about that it should grab our attention. This verse suggest that there was something Jesus wanted to do, but couldn’t.
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