An incident occurred the other day that brought to mind something that Jesus said in Mark 6:4. That is, that a prophet is without honor among his own people. There are a few ways that I can apply these words. Today, I want to go in a direction you may not expect. In the preceding chapter, Jesus had cast demons from the man of Gedara, healed a woman with a blood issue, and brought back to life a 12 year old girl. People were thronging Him. He probably could barely walk without bumping into another person. Since He had left His hometown of Capernaum, there had been multitudes following Him because of His teaching, and the miracles that He had performed. Jesus decided it was time to head home to Capernaum, maybe for a little rest, on the north side of the Sea of Galilee.
Upon His return, the next Sabbath day Jesus went into the synagogue and taught. Look at Mark 6:2-6. “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? 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. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief.
Now, this is really astonishing to me. The very Son of God had lived, and walked,mamong these people, and they didn’t recognize Who He really was. We know it was not because He didn’t have perfect testimony. Hey, we know this Guy! He’s one of us. We know His mother, and brothers, and sisters. This Guy is the carpenter’s son. There is nothing special about Him. And they didn’t take to heart His teachings. In fact, He offended the people of Capernaum. The following verse tells us that Jesus could do no mighty work there. He only healed a few sick people. He couldn’t get over their unbelief. It says He marveled at it.
Well, the great news is, because of this, Jesus ministry spread out from Capernaum. He sent His disciples out in groups of two, to spread the Gospel of the Kingdom to many people all over Israel. And many believed in Him. The last 2 verses in Matthew tell believers what we are to do. Listen,
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
This doesn’t mean we are to all pickup and move to a foreign country. But if God does equip you, and tells you to go, you should go. Those that don’t go, have the great privilege to help those who do go. We can help financially, and with prayer support. And with the advent of technology the world is very reachable.This blog is a great tool for me to use, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. It’s really unbelievable to me, that hundreds of people from all over the planet read what is posted. Thank God for the opportunity.
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