Today we are looking at Jesus’ homecoming in Mark 6:1-6. It really doesn’t go well for Him:
The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth
6 He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” 5 And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Jesus had gone to many different places in Mark’s Gospel and one of the things that we have seen over and over again is His power and His authority. Folks are amazed at it. And today, we seem Him go to His hometown of Nazareth, and they too see that authority. They too see His power, they hear of His mighty deeds.
And they took offense at Him. Wow. They knew His family. They knew His “mama and them” and just couldn’t believe that this was the same person that they knew. I just can’t get over that phrase. They took offense at Jesus. So because of that, Jesus wasn’t able to do any deeds. So, a couple of things.
First, why did they take offense? Scripture doesn’t say, but perhaps they were thinking a couple of things. Why Him? I mean, what’s so special about Jesus. We know, but they didn’t. Or perhaps why not them? I mean, aren’t they just as able to those things as Jesus?
Maybe it comes down to jealousy. They missed what God was doing. So often in the Bible, so often in Jesus ministry, that’s one of the things that we see. People miss what God is doing. Most times it’s because they are not looking. This time, it’s because they are looking, and they don’t like what they see.
Today, let’s look with discernment. Let’s prayerfully look. Let’s take all that we see under the grace of God. Let’s not look past anyone. And let’s not be jealous of anyone.
The other thing about this is that Jesus couldn’t do any miracles because of their lack of faith. Miracles aren’t “invoked” because of faith. It’s not like we can make them happen by having “enough” faith. That’s not the way that God works. But, that said, in the order of salvation, we have a part to play. We have to respond. We have to do our part. God’s grace doesn’t do us any good if we won’t accept it.
Perhaps Jesus couldn’t do any miracles there, because they weren’t willing to receive them.
Today, may we be open to whatever God wants to do.
Tomorrow we’ll look at Mark 6:6-13.
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