Mark 6 New International Version (NIV)
A Prophet Without Honor
6 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 has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph,[a] Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.
You would think you would have the most support from people who know you, watched you grow up, saw a few of your struggles, saw you come from nothing and now making something out of yourself, your life, your career.
Oh what a feeling it is to come HOME, back to the beginning, to show the people you care about that yes dreams do come true. You can make it, Look at me. Only to be met with isn’t that so and so’s kids, remember when, and didn’t she do such and such?
Jesus makes it clear that these are your harshest critics, your nay sayers, your unbelievers.
It’s crushing to come home to people who can’t seem to imagine you going well. Oh, they smile, but gather to discuss the “how did you make it” It leaves you to wonder “did they want you to fail?”
In this passage Jesus was even confused by this-
this is my subject for my sermon tomorrow ( maybe)
It’s not the rejection that gets me it’s the people. They are the ones missing out because THEY refused to believe that Mary’s boy could be used by God.
It didn’t diminish Jesus power, or his given authority.
How many of us are still in the dark because we can’t believe someone we know can turn on the light.