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When Truth Hits Home

Mark 6:4, 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 marveled because of their unbelief.

The disciples marveled when Jesus calmed the Sea (Matthew 8:27); the crowd marveled when Jesus healed a mute man (Matthew 9:33); even the Pharisees marveled when Jesus caught them in their own word-trap (Matthew 22:21). But, here, a different kind of marveling occurs. As Jesus walks through His hometown, a sobering indifference meets Him. Nobody recognizes God behind the all-too-familiar face. Christian, is it possible to become so familiar with routines that you miss Jesus in the midst of them? Even now, are you recognizing God at work around you?

May those devastating words, “And he marveled because of their unbelief,” not be said of you and me today.

Further Reflection

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14