The first chapters of Mark are full of Jesus’ rise to fame. He’d been baptised in the Jordan with accompanying voices from heaven, faced Satan down in the desert, cast out unclean spirits and healed all kinds of diseases. People knew about Jesus and they trailed wherever he went.
The crowds were so great that at times he was in danger of being crushed. (2:13) At times he and the disciples couldn’t even get a chance to eat. (3:20) Why you might even think there was a Justin Bieber concert going on.
But then he went home to Nazareth. They had to know who he was. They had to have heard…but this is what they said.
Is not this the Carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not His sisters here among us? (Mark 6:3a, AMP)
And that doubt led to this thinking… And they took offense at Him and were hurt [that is, they disapproved of Him. (Mark 6:3b, AMP)
And this is the result…And it hindered them from acknowledging His authority] and they were caused to stumble and fall. And He was not able to do even one work of power there, except that He laid His hands on a few sickly people [and] cured them.(Mark 6:3c, 5, AMP)
Do we take Jesus for granted, just because we’ve known him for a long while? Do we see his miracles as less than, too ordinary, too impossible?
Prayer – Lord, forgive us for not seeing you, treating you, as you truly are… Amen