How Can He Possibly Be This Wise?

'Lost and Found' by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.
“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.

Gospel – February 5, 2020 – Mark 6:1-6

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place,
accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.

ake away that Jesus is the Son of God. Instead imagine this young man who built you table, repaired your chair, built your stone wall of your courtyard coming home after a long absence. You watched him grow up. He worked with his father for many years.

He was nothing special that you knew. But suddenly, in the synagogue he reads from a scroll and begins to teach. You have never heard anything like it. How can this man you’ve known most of his life be this great preacher? How can he possibly be this wise?

In short, because you know him you can’t bring yourself to elevate him. You don’t respect what’s he’s become. You make excuses because you are so familiar you don’t want to believe. So you don’t.

It’s hard to impress those who know you well and for a long time. Even if you’re the Son of God.

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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