Mark 6: 1-6A: At this time, Jesus left went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 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? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Sounds to me like Jesus was either telling them things they had never heard before and/or possibly filling in some details left out in the Scriptures (filled in as by One who was there at the time). But then, as everybody questioned Him, they led themselves to faithlessness.
Real quick: I notice and find it interesting that, though Jesus was/is God, sharing remarkable information, performing unexplainable miracles and had more than enough witnesses to what He was claiming, people still didn’t believe Him. And they believed Him so little that Jesus couldn’t even perform any miracles other than healing.
Yet, today: With people who have educational degrees, ordinations and no witnesses to true miracles, even if what they say is completely unbiblical and theological heretic, people will often still not only believe them, but think they’re most holy servants of God, and even possess in themselves the ability to perform miracles. For example:
- Benny Hinn: Miracle worker? Many have proven him to be false, yet he continues to have a HUGE following.
- Many Pastors: Preach own theories about God (not Truth) that make sense, until you really examine them. Yet again, often have big churches and many followers.
- Good talkers / Motivational speakers: seen as having great wisdom. Otherwise, why attend their seminars, buy their CDs and books, etc.? Yet, many will often fill a stadium.
- Philosophers: Basically just old thoughts by new people. Yet, such are also often discussed by people of each generation, and each generation often sees such views as new.
- Cult leaders: Claim to understand more than the rest of us, teach their wrong understandings, lead many astray. Millions listen and believe, yet these are all false teachers, false prophets, etc.
So for some reason, people are quick to believe the lies, but slow to believe the Truth. Yet, even for the lies, they will give all they have to attain or be part of it, then judge the Truth as ridiculous.
Why do people continue to believe the wrong, the lies, and the deception?
Jesus was speaking the Truth. He even backed up His claims with proof and more than enough witnesses. Yet the people in His town refused to believe Him, and even became offended.
- A prophet is with respect everywhere but in his home town.
- Even though they saw Jesus’ miracles
- Even though Jesus had many witnesses
- Even though Jesus was blowing them away with His words
- Even though everything Jesus said was according to Scripture.
People instead looked at what they knew about Him:
- He grew up here
- His brothers are trouble-makers
- We know Mary
- His sisters are here among us, too.
- He was that carpenter.
I wonder, from their question, “Isn’t this the carpenter?” if maybe Jesus wasn’t very popular among the synagogue members previous to His ministry, because they recognized Him by His occupation and family, not by His name or great theological knowledge.? Maybe Jesus was an outcast in His own Church, too?
- By what standards do we judge the messages communicated by those who claim they’re telling the Truth?
- By what standards do we judge the people communicating the message?
- What standards should we be using?
Because a LOT of the false stuff is getting through, and a LOT of the Truth is being rejected.