Today we look at Jesus who returned to his hometown. His disciples came along. On the Sabbath, he gave a lecture in the meeting place. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. many were very surprised , them having no idea this Nazarene man was this good!
“ And when the sabbath was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, Whence hath this man these things? and, What is the wisdom that is given unto this man, and what mean such mighty works wrought by his hands?” (Mr 6:2 ASV)
We should remember this man of flesh and blood was special, him being provided by Jehovah Himself. As a person he was known by many of the village, them recognising him as the son of Miriam or Mary and Josef.
“ 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 were offended in him.” (Mr 6:3 ASV)
From this gospel reading we get to know Jesus also had brothers and sisters. Later we shall also learn that they did not always think their brother had all his senses.
The people who heard Jesus speaking tripped over what little they knew about him and fell, sprawling. And they never got any further. Jesus knew what they were thinking and told them about a prophet having little honour in his hometown, among his relatives, on the streets he played in as a child.
“ And Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” (Mr 6:4 ASV)
In the past God had provided also other prophets, and they too were not always recognised or given the right honour. They like Jesus also brought the Words of God and some of them also laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, or even brought someone to live again. Jesus as the sent one from God did also such things but he too couldn’t get over the stubbornness of most people. That is one of the reasons Jess left and made a circuit of the other villages, teaching.
“5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages teaching.” (Mr 6:5-6 ASV)
In today’s reading we also learn that Jesus called the Twelve to him, and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority and power to deal with the evil opposition. He warned them that they did not need a lot of extra equipment for the task Jesus was giving, to go out to all nations to bring the Good News. He also asked them to have no special appeals for funds and to keep it simple.
“7 And he calleth unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and he gave them authority over the unclean spirits; 8 and he charged them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no bread, no wallet, no money in their purse;” (Mr 6:7-8 ASV)
Today we still have the same task as all the disciples got to hear from their master teacher Jesus. We should not think it’s necessary to have special buildings or churches, nor to have special tools to do our preaching work.
Everywhere where we come we can use our mouth to witness and to tell those around about this particular man from Nazareth, who is called the Son of God. We do not have to go to luxury places but should get a modest place and be content there until we leave.
“9 but to go shod with sandals: and, said he, put not on two coats. 10 And he said unto them, Wheresoever ye enter into a house, there abide till ye depart thence. 11 And whatsoever place shall not receive you, and they hear you not, as ye go forth thence, shake off the dust that is under your feet for a testimony unto them.” (Mr 6:9-11 ASV)
At the places where we talk about Jesus and his work, we should observe the people and look at their reactions. If we are not welcomed, not listened to, we better quietly withdraw. For sure we should not make a scene or speak about damnation for those who do not want to listen. That is something we can see that happens a lot in several cases by travelling preachers of all sorts of denominations. We better shrug our shoulders and be on our way, praying for those people and hoping that one or another day the call of God would reach them too.
Like the apostles went their way we too should go on the road and preach with joyful urgency that life can be radically different.
“ And they went out, and preached that men should repent.” (Mr 6:12 ASV)
- Truth, doubt or blindness
- Mark – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Introduction to Mark
- Mark 1 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 1:35-39 – Private Prayers and More Preaching
- Matthew 11:1 Encouragement for John and Reproach for cities 1 Twelve Sent out to Teach
- Matthew 13:53-58 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Where Did He Get Such Wisdom?
- Making proclamation as a herald
- Only once and with consequences
- Preaching Christ Is Not Enough
- Preachers should know and continue the task Jesus has given his followers
- Preaching Christ not done to isolate him in the minds of their listeners
- When a day of darkness and of gloominess shall come
- How do people want to grow and come closer to the Real God
- In all circumstances preaching Christ
- From house to house #1: Not ceasing to Preach daily in the temple and in every house
- Let us make sure we are not stiff-necked
- Evangelizing in the “Time of the End”