and coming to his hometown [Jesus] taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him… And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.Matthew 13:54-58 (ESV)
The people of Nazareth knew Jesus too well.
They watched Him grow up or grew up with Him. They knew His family. They couldn’t–wouldn’t–believe that He was anything more than a normal man; they refused to see that He was special, different.
And so they missed out on–didn’t experience–the miracles and mighty works that He did in other towns.
Now, we believe that Jesus is the Son of God; we believe He has and does perform miracles; we believe His death provided the way for us to be saved; we believe that He conquered Satan and rose from the dead.
But have we become ho-hum about it? Is it so normal that we don’t even really think about it or get excited about it? Do we know Jesus “too well”?
We should know Jesus and have a relationship with Him and all that, but it shouldn’t get to the point where we think we know everything there is to know about Him and the Bible. It shouldn’t become something we take for granted, something that’s always been in our lives and always will be, something that we look at casually. Jesus will always be more and have more to give/show us than we thought.
If we stop believing that, if we know Jesus “too well”–we might miss out on miracles.