He was not able to do a miracle there, except to lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. – Mark 6:5 (NET)
Did you catch that? In this situation at least, Jesus couldn’t do a miracle. Not wouldn’t, but couldn’t. Somehow the Almighty faced limitations while in the flesh. Why is that information important?
In this case Jesus' limitations tell us something about God’s interaction with human beings. As far as we can tell from the Bible, God doesn't force anyone to believe in him or receive his blessings. No doubt God has the power, if he wanted, to make everyone believe and be saved. But God doesn't work that way. He wants us to obey and co-operate willingly.
Why? Maybe because God shared his own image with us, he expects us to share in some of the work as well. And here’s the scary part: if we don't do our part in that work, it may never be done.
(c) Copyright 2008, A. Milton Stanley