Wednesday, June 25, 2008

When Jesus just couldn't do much

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


NaNcY said...

it also tells us about family,
people that know us,
or people that are connected or see us often.
we take them for granted,
that there is nothing special there.
maybe we even think that God could not work through someone that we know.

but, it certainly does speak of faith.

Milton Stanley said...

Yes, indeed. Thanks for sharing these further ideas. Peace.

bi0dr0ne said...

Its interesting that Jesus was able to heal a few people, but that it wasnt such a "miracle" to the Apostles. It makes me wonder how many miracles Jesus did on a typical day, and were they so much more spectacular?

Milton Stanley said...

Good questions. Thanks for commenting.