Sunday, February 18, 2007

A Handicapped Jesus?

Is Jesus's power handicapped by my lack of faith?

"...4Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor." 5He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6And he was amazed at their lack of faith..." - Mark 6:4-6

Yes, I am still alive and well and blogging. This semester i am consumed with writing and research for my thesis, which is due in July. I have little time for blogging until my thesis is complete, but i just finished a thought provoking young adult discussion about the building and weakning of faith. In the course of the discussion the above scripture gave everyone pause to consider the meaning and its consequences. All of us were puzzled by the idea that Jesus could not perform miracles in his home town. Jesus not only could not perform miracles there, but the scripture seems to imply the people's lack of faith as the cause of Jesus's momentary handicapp. So how does this verse hit you? It seems that Jesus's momentary handicapp is not the absence of desire or compassion, but the void of ability to perform miracles.

Are there things Jesus can't do? Does Jesus's power have its limits? Is the lack of miracles then and today the product of our poor faith? Would miracles rain down upon those who need it most if they would just believe more? These are some of the questions that this scripture produces. I'm not looking for a debate of who is right or wrong. I'm simply looking for a dialogue of thoughts and feelings about these scriptures. Don't bother with references or endnotes, no one is asking to prove your opinions. I simply want to know, how do you process the notion of a handicapped Jesus?



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