Without Honor

1 Jesus went out from there and came into His hometown; and His disciples followed Him. When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him. 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.” 5 And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He wondered at their unbelief.

And He was going around the villages teaching.

Mark 6:1-6 (NASB)

I have always been astonished by this passage. Jesus was God in the flesh. He could heal people, cast out demons, and even raise the dead. We see Jesus healing people on the Sabbath. We see Jesus healing people being lowered through a hole in the roof. We even see Jesus heal people when they sneak up behind him and touch his cloak. However, when Jesus goes home to Nazareth he has to deal with the folks who knew him when he was just a kid. They doubt him. They question him. They don’t believe that the kid who grew up hanging around Joseph’s shop has the power and authority he claims to have. They are actually offended that he has the nerve to stand up in the synagogue and preach to them. They see his family sitting there and wonder just who he thinks he is.

He doesn’t stay very long. He isn’t able to do many miracles in his home town because that have no faith. He is amazed that they can so easily dismiss him. He leaves and goes to those who will listen. Jesus was able to preach to, heal, and deliver Samaritans, Roman soldiers, and even pagan Gentiles. Sadly, the very people who should have seen and understood accused him of being insane or demon possessed. Some of the greatest demonstrations of faith came from those who absolutely no reason to believe or accept him. Yet, they did. Jesus called (and still calls) all men to whom. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you from. He wants you. The sad thing is that even today, many of those who should understand still miss it and those who seem the least likely to hear are the very ones who call out to him. Where do you fit in?

Grace and peace.

 

 

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