Gospel Mt 13:54-58
Today we read and we have here our Lord Jesus Christ in His own country. He went about doing good, yet left not any place till He had finished His testimony there at that time. His own countrymen had rejected Him once, yet He came to them again .
They upbraid Him with His father. Is not this the carpenter's son? Yes, it is true He was reputed so: and what harm in that? No disparagement to Him to be the son of an honest tradesman. They remember not (though they might have known it) that this carpenter was of the house of David (Lu. 1:27), a son of David (ch. 1:20); though a carpenter, yet a person of honour . They upbraid Him with His mother , they were offended in Him: they stumbled at these stumbling-stones, for He was set for a sign that should be spoken against, Lu. 2:34; Isa. 8:14.
Our Lord answered to their affront by saying : "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor." And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith .
Unbelief is the great obstruction to Christ's Grace and Mercy . The gospel is the power of God unto salvation, but then it is to every one that believes, Rom. 1:16. So that if Mighty works be not wrought in us, it is not for want of power or grace in Christ, but for want of faith in us.
By grace ye are saved, and that is a mighty work, but it is through faith, Eph. 2:8.