Missing Out

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 6:1-6

[Jesus] 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. (vv. 5-6)

We have a saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” That seems fitting with regard to today’s Scripture reading.

Jesus had gone back to his hometown of Nazareth, entered the local synagogue, and began to teach there. And although many were amazed and most likely blessed by what he said, others started criticizing him. Unfortunately, the critics won out because they just couldn’t get it through their heads that this local boy had such wisdom. He was unlearned. He never went to seminary.

So they said things like, “We know his family! There is nothing special about them. He’s just a carpenter—a common working man. This just can’t be.” So Mark ends verse 3 with the words “and they took offense at him.”

It indeed was unfortunate that the people of Nazareth responded that way to Jesus. The result was that Jesus could hardly do any miracles there. It left Jesus amazed at their lack of faith. And the people of Nazareth missed out.

How do you respond to Jesus? There is actually a grave warning here. This is something very important to ponder. If we do not have faith in Jesus, he will hardly be able to do any miracles for us. —John Koedyker

Prayer: Lord, help us to look to you with great anticipation and faith so that even today we may see your miraculous works in our lives. Amen.