“He Marvelled Because Of Their Unbelief”
Mark 6:1-3, “And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples followed him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? And what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.”
Jesus went into his own country to preach and to work miracles so that people might believe on him. This is after Jesus had already started his public ministry and had become famous and done many great miracles and much great teaching.
Of course, the people in his own country knew him. He grew up there. They should know him. The problem was they looked at him from the human perspective only not from the perspective of Jesus as God. That is why when they heard his great teachings, they responded by saying, Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
They make the same mistake a great deal of the world is making today when they talk about the “Historical Jesus.” The term historical Jesus is a lie of the devil which teaches Jesus as though he were just a man. The real historical Jesus is the Biblical Jesus. You would think that those who saw Jesus as a child, knew him as he grew up, and as he worked as a carpenter for 30 years would believe on him. After all Jesus lived a life without sin. What a testimony. No wonder He is called the faithful witness. Yet they did not believe on him. They were offended.
It is no wonder in verse 6 that it says Jesus marveled at their unbelief. They had every reason to believe in Jesus. You would think that if you saw Jesus as a child, knew him as he grew up, watched him as he worked as a carpenter that such people would believe on him.
Just imagine being around God and interacting with him. No one else would treat you perfectly all the time with godly kindness, love, wisdom, compassion, understanding, and yet they did not believe. If you think about it, it will probably make you marvel at their unbelief too. What hard hearts those people must had had to not belief in the very Christ who spent his childhood and young adult hood around them.
If the people from Jesus’ own country did not believe on him, and they were around him as he grew up, don’t think the same thing could happen to those in the world today those who never had the privilege of seeing Jesus as he walked this earth? Of course, it can and of course it does. People don’t believe and they are offended. They don’t’ want to believe that Jesus is God. They want to believe that Jesus is just a man.
It really is just another way in their minds of trying to justify their own sinfulness without repenting of their sins.
What people get today instead of Jesus on the earth is they get Christians to be around as a testimony to them. Abide in me and I in you said Jesus. That is why it is so important that people see Jesus in you. There really is no excuse for people to reject Jesus as Savior. If Jesus wasn’t real there would be no Christians. Christians have the testimony of having their sins forgiven so others know that Jesus can forgive their sins too.
Mark 4:4 says, “But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.”
Why is a prophet without honour in his own country and his own house and among his own kin? Well, it happened to Jesus and it will happen to others. Jesus has a perfect testimony. Of course, it’s going to happen to sinners. People that know you sometimes will know about some of your short comings and failures as a human being and it will be an excuse to them to not honour you as a preacher. They didn’t honour Jesus or believe on him and he was without sin.
Mark 4:5, “And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.” There is no doubt that if you want God to do great things in your life then you need faith in him. Faith can move mountains. If only we would trust God more, then we would see his hand working in our lives more.
If you do not have any faith in Jesus Christ, then you can today. Simply pray to Jesus and ask him to forgive you of your sins and to save you and he will. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
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