Dedicated to the Glory of God Amighty and the Lord Jesus Christ

Dedicated to the Glory of God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ

Friday, May 22, 2015


Mark 6:1-6 (ESV)  
1  He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.
2  And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works 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  And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.”
5  And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.
6  And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching.

The Old Testament often reiterated the principle of the prophet without honor: Jeremiah, Moses, Joseph and so forth. That Jesus is "unable" to do works because of their unbelief presumed a limitation not of His power but of His mission. Obviously, faith is a huge component of Christ's healing ministry. 

Jesus could have done greater miracles in Nazareth, but He chose not to because of the people's pride and unbelief. The miracles He did had little effect on the people because they did not accept His message or believe that He was from God.

Jesus was teaching effectively and wisely, but the people of His hometown saw Him as only a carpenter. "He's no better than we are—He's just a common laborer," they said. They were offended that others could be impressed by Jesus and follow Him. They rejected His authority because He was one of their peers. They thought they knew Him, but their preconceived notions about who He was made it impossible for them to accept His message. 

Some still reject Jesus today because they don't see Him as anything particularly special. However, He is the only One who has the words of life!

Because of Jesus,
Ken Schroeder