Because of Their Unbelief
Because of Their Unbelief is a sermon teaching us that our unbelief limits the mighty works of God in our life. Believe and let God be God.
The Lord Jesus Christ came into this world born of a virgin, born as the sinless Son of God. He came 100% man and 100% God. He came to save lost mankind and in addition to saving our souls for all eternity, the Lord Jesus also wants to bless us in our daily lives so we can grow and live to know Him better and become more like Him. That’s the goal of the Christian life is to grow to be more like Jesus.
The Lord Jesus, as Paul wrote, was found in fashion of a man. He grew up in the home of Joseph and Mary. He was born in Bethlehem. The family fled to Egypt for a while, but when they returned to their home country, they went to Nazareth where He grew up. And when the time was right, in God’s timing, He began to preach, teach, and do miracles. He presented Himself as the Messiah to the people of Israel and to all mankind as the only way to God. He traveled the country from the north in Galilee down to the southern parts of Judea and went back and forth many times.
The people of Nazareth felt they knew Jesus all His life and asked how He could be the Messiah. When Jesus traveled back home to Nazareth. It was custom for Jesus to go to the synagogue on the Lord’s day. The people were astonished at what he said. They asked among themselves where he got this wisdom and knowledge. He never attended university or equivalent of a seminary. The people were offended in Him. How could this young man they watched grow up claim to be Messiah and do miracles? Instead of a thankful attitude that the Messiah had come, they rejected Him.
People still are offended by Jesus today because he is perfect. People are offended by his holiness, righteousness, and his teachings that make them see themselves as imperfect. Your own family is some of the hardest people to bring to the Lord. We all have faults and failures that no one knows better than one’s own family.
Jesus did not do many mighty works in Nazareth because of their rejection of Him. The Lord Jesus was rejected because of their familiarity with Him and yet He came in the fullness and power of God. He could have healed everyone in that town. He could have done a great deal more and would have but He did not because of their unbelief. Perhaps unbelief is the worst sin anyone can commit. Because of unbelief, things do not happen. Unbelief condemns the soul. Unbelief is rejection. And yet that is exactly what the Lord wants from us is to believe in Him. He did mighty works elsewhere but not so much in Nazareth because of their unbelief.
Why won’t God do a mighty work in our country, our state, our county, city, church, in our life? Could it be that He does not do mighty works because of unbelief? Could it be that we are not trusting God as we should?
In the Old Testament, God did many mighty works and miracles in Israel. But as time went on, there were fewer miracles because their hearts were not right with Him and not consistently keeping their covenant with Him. If we want to see God do a mighty work in our life, we need to get our hearts right with God. God is full of compassion and forgives our iniquity. We can come to a compassionate God and be forgiven. He is patient and gives us space to repent. The Lord is slow to anger and many times turns away His anger. He knows how frail we are and knows our nature. We have grieved God over and over again. God is not pleased with what’s going on in the world, even today. People turned away from God and turned to their sin, tempting God. They limited God because of their unbelief. Do not limit God. God says stand back and let me be God, trust me to be God.
We need the showers of blessings that God can bring. We have limited God’s mighty works because of unbelief. If we can believe, all things are possible with God. It would be sad if in eternity the Lord looked at this period of our history and said: “I did no mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Believe God, trust God and see what He will do. Let God be God. Do not limit the Holy One of Israel.
Because of Their Unbelief sermon starts with verses from Matthew 13:53-58:
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?
55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
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.
58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Also verses of Psalms 78:37-41:
37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.
38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.
39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!
41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
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