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“Is not this the carpenter?” (Mark 6:3)
Read: Mark 6:1-6; John 1:11; John 12:48.
What is God Saying?
It was not too strange that the people of His own village did not accept Him, They knew Him so well that they didn’t know Him – really -- at all. They said, “Anyone who grew up in our village and played with our children and worked in his father’s woodshop, can’t be all that wise or have power to work miracles.
Something is wrong here.
He is a carpenter -- we’ve known him for years.” Jesus Himself said (pointing out a recognized fact). “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and among his own kin and in his own house” (Mark 6:5).
It is possible to know a multitude of facts about Jesus and miss the important facts of who He is and why He came. The result of their knowing Him too well was that He could do no mighty work there.
Unbelief is not a trivial weakness or a mild annoyance. It is powerful. Here it stayed the hand of God.
Never underestimate the power of unbelief.
Nothing can subdue it but faith in who Jesus really is and what He can really do.
How Does This Apply to Us?
There are many good people who have been through Sunday School lessons, listened to sermons and faithfully read through their Bible so many times (including preachers and other Christian workers) that they run the danger of becoming overfamiliar with the Sublime.
Our need in prayer today is to ask the Spirit of God to keep us from knowing more and more about Jesus and less and less about why He came, who He really is and how much He can really do for us and in us.
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Moving On In The Life Of Prayer
We must never cease looking upon Jesus with breathless wonder. When John, in Revelations, saw Him “as the sun shining in full strength and fell at His feet as though dead”, he was face to face with the very power and glory of God. He was not confronted by someone who was just one of us as if He were a well-known carpenter in the village. He was that but much more and totally other.
As one of us Jesus can do the compassionate thing. He understands. As Son of God He can do the impossible. Isn’t that why we pray in His name? We pray to One who is forever beyond us and yet a very present help in trouble. We pray to One who not only cares, but who also can.
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