As Jesus ministered to the people, He prepared His disciples to continue His work. Part of that preparation was not only for them to realize who He was and the full dynamics of His word – work that they would continue, but also for them to realize they would be persecuted. His hometown village of Nazareth became a microcosm of Israel. Some believed in Him but many rejected Him. He was limited in the number of miracles due to their unbelief and rejection, and so likewise Israel would one day reject Him as well. The disciples would experience the same, though in the process, many would come to faith.