Mark 6 1:6
1 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that’s been given him, that he even does miracles! 3 Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense with him.
4 Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their lack of faith. (NIV)
I recently listened to a David Nasser message and he was recounting this spree of miracles that Jesus was on during the beginning of his public ministry. He said that people started freaking out about Jesus when they saw Him doing some seriously freaky things. So far in this book it has been non-stop signs and wonders, one after the other – a traveling freak show if you will.
How could you not believe if you saw him heal the lame, give sight to the blind, raise the dead, drive out demons, cleanse the unclean and calm the sea? So when I read v.1-6 my initial thought was ‘Come on people, are you kidding me?” But really, when I think about it, their attitudes are far closer to mine than I would like to admit. If Jesus were to actually show up on the scene and raise my dear Aunt Betty from the grave I would have an absolute heart attack. How many others in the church (His home turf) would be having heart attacks right along with me? My bet would be most (I’ve been to lots of church pot lucks and nothing even near as exciting as water to wine has EVER happened). So, if I don’t expect Him to walk on water will he?
Here’s where it can potentially get really sad. When we, the home crowd, are not expecting a miraculous encounter with the living God we aren’t going to get one. We may receive a few acts of mercy (v.5) but nothing that even compares to the signs and wonders that He demonstrates when we ask and have faith to believe. And what is the result of this shallow faith? Those around me, who know me and may not know Him, are watching and waiting for the signs and wonders that I don’t have the faith to claim. And when all they see are routine, mundane words and deeds they may easily take offense to Him (v.3) and my God is amazed by my lack of faith.
Check out the ‘What Do I Know of Holy’ by Addison Road. I love this song and share it as a prayer that we, the church, would recognize how little we really know of Holy. That we would acknowledge the limits of our faith and would begin to ask, no beg, the One who spoke us into motion to do mighty, awesome, freaky things in our midst. Even more I pray that we will have so much faith that we actually expect to see them.
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