As a former high school teacher, I understand how and why students struggle to remember important information. Depending upon the day or time, I could tell who was paying attention from those zoned out. Entertainment, social media and video games has influenced this generation, resulting in a shortened attention span. Unless students find a topic interesting, hearts, minds and souls drift off into space. If attending school becomes a drag, getting teenagers interested in spiritual matters can be just as challenging.
Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor (respect) except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household,” Mark 6:4.
To a certain extent, the people living in Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth became spoiled. After his first miracle at a wedding in Cana, there was a growing sentiment that if Jesus just performed one more miracle, then people would believe. This show me mentality is the opposite of genuine faith. Perhaps, some individuals were jealous, not present for Jesus turning water into wine. Thus, expecting God to come through one more time doesn’t seem unreasonable.
And He could not do a miracle there at all [because of their unbelief] except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 He wondered at their unbelief. And He was going around in the villages teaching, Mark 6:5-6.
Nonetheless, a spiritual haze fell upon the citizens of Nazareth. When you add this to the reputation of this town, even one of Jesus’ own disciples questioned if anything good could come out of this place, John 1:46-47. Crime and poverty demoralized many who lived there, setting the stage for a show me, don’t tell me mindset. Thus, Nazareth became like kryptonite to Jesus, unable to perform miracles when returning home. John Mark states that Jesus was surprised by this inexplicable unbelief. This spiritual state prevented individuals from expecting God to come through one more time. Maybe this same condition is influencing Americans today?
by Jay Mankus