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Trusting Jesus Beyond His Miracles, Part 1

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Charles Spurgeon said, “The gospel which they so greatly needed they would not have; the miracles which Jesus did not always choose to give, they eagerly demanded.”
 
After Jesus left the Samaritan village, we are informed that Jesus returns to Galilee. Now, Jesus and most of His disciples were from the Galilee region. The text tells us that the reason why Jesus went there is because "Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country." Seeing that Jesus was from Galilee, some scholars have surmised that Jesus was trying to get away from the notoriety He received in other locations, so He went back to a place where He knew people did not think much of Him at the time.
 
Other Galileans were familiar with Jesus and the work that He was doing. They knew about Jesus cleansing the Temple in Jerusalem; many of them had been there. Thus we read, "the Galilaeans received him, having seen all  the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast." They only received Jesus because of His works. Henry Morris said, "The enthusiasm of the Galileans was not soundly based. It was dependent on the wonders arising from their sight of the signs, not on a realization that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. Their very acceptance of Him was thus in its way a rejection. They gave Him honor of a sort, but it was not the honor that was due to Him."

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