He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.2 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? 3 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. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief.
And he went about among the villages teaching.
“Amazing” is a word currently overused to describe all kinds of people and events. Singers are amazing and athletes are amazing and food is amazing. No, not really. Jesus, now He is truly amazing. In Mark 6, Jesus goes to the synagogue and His teaching has this ingredient never experienced in the words of any other rabbi. If that is not enough, Jesus does miracles and heals people of all kinds of illnesses and afflictions.
But then the astonishment of those witnessing this incredible happening quickly gives way to unbelief and a critical spirit. They begin to find fault and place limitations on Jesus. They were offended by Jesus being Jesus. Finally, we read that Jesus’ ability to do His work was impacted by their unbelief. Does that mean Jesus literally had a power outage or does it mean that Jesus chose not to work in the toxic atmosphere their hard hearts had created? I tend to believe the latter, but either way, Jesus left and went somewhere else to do His work.
So we know what will keep us from seeing Jesus work in our midst:
Am I guilty of any of these?