Summary: Faith was the usual condition of His miracles. He did not do any mighty works here where there was so much unbelief. Unbelief is the only sin which God doesn’t have a cure for.
Harmony of the Gospels
Title: Nazareth’s Second Rejection of Christ
53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
Jesus came home to where He had grown up. He came back to Nazareth. And it was his custom to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath, and to teach from God’s word. The people were impressed by His teaching and they wondered, “Whence hath this man this wisdom?” However, even though they admitted that He was wise, they were offended by what He said.
55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
This was a small town, where everybody knew everybody. They knew that His father was Joseph, the carpenter, and that He was also a carpenter.
They knew His mother and that her name was Mary. They also knew His four brothers.
56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
Jesus also had sisters and they lived in Nazareth, so they were well known.
57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
They could not understand how He could know so much scripture, and show such great ability to teach, because He was uneducated and came from a poor family. That’s what offended them, because they were very proud of their studies, and knowledge of the scriptures. And so Jesus said, “A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.” At this point in His ministry, even His own family did not believe in Him.
58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Faith was the usual condition of His miracles. He did not do any mighty works here where there was so much unbelief. Unbelief is the only sin which God doesn’t have a cure for.
1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
He had been in Capernaum, before coming to Nazareth. Notice that it says, “His disciples follow him.” That’s what every true disciple of Christ should do; follow Him.
2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
He may have entered the city on a week day, but He did not reveal himself until the Sabbath. And then He expounded the Law and preached the Gospel in their synagogue. They were astonished at His teaching and because He taught like a person with authority. Now, they knew Him and His family very well, and that He did not have a formal education, so He could not have learned these things from men. Therefore, they wondered how He came about all this knowledge and ability.