“And he (Jesus) was amazed at their unbelief.” – Mark 6: 6a (NLT)
Compare that to Luke 7: 9 “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!””
In Mark 6, Jesus was among his family, relatives and the place where He grew up – Nazareth (Mark 6: 1 – 6). But the people there questioned Jesus’ authority – in verses 2, 3 – ““Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.”
The people of Nazareth and Jesus’ family were used to seeing Jesus for a long time. They knew him as Mary’s son – a carpenter just like his father, Joseph. He had brothers and sisters just like any normal family. But once Jesus’ ministry was revealed and He started working for His heavenly Father, things changed. He started teaching and people would listen. He healed the sick. He had followers and disciples. He took on the religious leaders of His time – challenging their traditions and questioning their motives.
To the rest of the world, Jesus was a beacon of light in their darkness. But in his own hometown, He was just the boy who grew up with them. They were familiar with Jesus and they could not believe.
We are at the same risk in the church, as the people of Nazareth. We could get used to coming to church every Sunday and going for our regular prayer meetings and forget the real reason why we are there. We become engrossed in our own world that we forget how to believe. Have we got used to the way Jesus does things that we don’t expect Him to work in any other way? Remember, He is the God of creation and the God of new beginnings.
We can never know Him so much that we know Him all. We can never fully understand all His ways and never completely comprehend His awesomeness.
“Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.” – Psalm 37: 3 – 7a
May we never take Jesus for granted but may we always walk in His light. May we depend on His Word for direction. May the Holy Spirit open our eyes and mind to see what He has in store for us, everyday.
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