Brothers, Jesus teaches us here, that no matter the good work that we do in His name, it may not be received by our neighbors, friends, or family.
Here Jesus had returned to his own country, his own home town if you will, Nazareth were he grew up and all knew him as the carpenters son, son of Joseph and Mary. He worked alone side of Joseph as a carpenter himself, before he began full time ministry.
Mark 6:1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
Mark 6:2 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?
Mark 6:3 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 taught in the synagogue on the sabbath day in his hometown. We are told that many who heard him were astonished. They asked each other, where did this man get this mighty wisdom? This is the carpenter Mary's son. His brothers and sisters live here with us. They were offended that he would even speak to them in their synagogue.
Mark 6:4 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.
Mark 6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
Mark 6:6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
Here Jesus tells us that we will not be honored, by all for our work in His name. Why would you and I, his servants, have any expectations of honor, to be bestowed on us by our friends from our home towns, or by family, or even in our own house. How is it that we should expect to be treated differently than Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior was treated.
Brothers, we are indeed disappointed when those whom we have know and loved from our youth do not receive us. But, that will not stop us from going forward into His service here on earth. People from other towns and places will not judge you harshly. We walk down the road that Jesus puts us on, because He has chosen that road for us. I am sure that Jesus felt disappointment at his reception in Nazareth, but that did not keep him from continuing in the work that God the Father had given him to do.
Continue, my brothers, and walk down that road. When you begin to fill disappointment in how you are received, just recall these verses in Mark chapter 6, and laugh to yourself at how you are treated as Jesus was treated by his own family and friends. We can expect no more. For it is not about our honor, but rather that Jesus is honored.
God Bless you my brothers,
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