August 10, 2018
Mark 6:4&5&6… And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” And He 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.
Is this still true? I have been involved in many discussions about the lack of miracles in the church today. The quick answer, “Not enough faith” does not satisfy my longing. This verse is intriguing, because it explains a phenomenon that happened to Jesus. It is not a parable needing a revelation; it is an actual event.
With my natural ears, I hear the problem clearly. Jesus grew up in the town of Nazareth. He was the son of Mary and, presumably, Joseph. He had brothers and sisters. As a boy, he had likely roamed the streets and attended school. For sure, He worked in his father’s cabinet shop and was known as a young carpenter, following in his dad’s footsteps. When, as a man, he walked into town and claimed to be the son of God, they assumed him mad or delusional. They had difficulty believing His claims to power and greatness.
Jesus called it unbelief.
This is no small matter. “Unbelief” is a major deterrent to the moving of God in the midst of life.
Some churches know Jesus only as the Savior who died over 2000 years ago so we could be saved. They believe in an ancient Jesus. The truth is, though, we need to also believe in a current Jesus… the still-living prophet. One of the tests of a cult or false belief is, “Who is Jesus to you?” Based on today’s scripture, that question is more important than we ever thought. It not only determines whether a person is believing a false teaching, it also reveals when a person is believing less than the whole truth. Many so-called Christians fall into that category.
The whole truth of salvation is that Jesus died for our sins and also rose from the grave and lives forever. If you are following the ancient Jesus and trying to emulate His actions while on earth, you are missing the whole Truth.