After returning from Capernaum, where he did not...

New York Globe

After returning from Capernaum, where he did not many mighty works because of their unbelief, Jesus stood up in the synagogue at Nazareth and read that memorable and dramatic passage from Isaiah's prophecy which foretold the very incident which he was then bringing about. After closing the book, as if to anticipate the criticism of his audience, he said, "Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country."

Does not this passage plainly indicate our Saviour's recognition of the need of a proper condition of receptivity in the minds of the people before he could demonstrate the spiritual power with which he was endowed without measure? To the woman who was healed of an issue of blood, he said, "Thy faith hath made thee whole."

September 24, 1904

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