So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD. (Luke 4:16-19 NKJV)
Many miraculous things are prophesied by Isaiah in the passage Jesus read that Sabbath. Yet, later we read that Jesus did not perform many miracles in the region where He was raised. What stood in the way? Unbelief. We may find ourselves in that same position with a bit of inattention to our faith.
Place what you think you know before faith in Christ, and you just may find that knowledge standing right in the way of the miraculous work of our Lord. We live in an age when many think that miracles are halted, or a thing of the distant past, or even impossible. Unbelief even among the Christian elect is commonplace. We have modern medicine, science, and much knowledge, we tend to say. No doubt the cosmopolitan Nazarenes said much the same thing in their day. "Who is this Jesus?" They might ask, "We know him from years gone by. Is he not that carpenter's son from the edge of town?" Yes, we know Jesus, but if we don't know the miraculous works of our Lord, we don't really know Him.Be ready to shout a 'Hallelujah!' this Christmas season.