Mark 6:1-6 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
In Mark chapter 6, Jesus returns to His hometown and begins teaching. What we see is a heartbreaking response to the King come to save them—they reject Him. Some reject Jesus because of His claims, some because He’s familiar, and some because He’s offensive. However, we should not reject Jesus at all. Like His family eventually did, we should accept Him because He died for our sins and resurrected for our salvation. He’s our only hope, and the proof is in His resurrection. The good news of the gospel is not that we can accept Jesus. Rather, the gospel is good news because God can accept us because of what Jesus has done in our place. Jesus was rejected by God for our sin so that we could be accepted.
1. Read through Mark 6:1-6 and discuss what stands out to you.
2. Why might the people in Jesus’ hometown have resented Him? Is the response of a person’s hometown and family a reliable indicator of whether the “prophet” is genuine and legitimate?
3. List some of the things Jesus said and did that astonish you. Do non-Christians acknowledge that He said and did those things?
4. Where in the Bible do we see Jesus’ family as a part of the church, believing in Him? What do you think changed their mind from unbelief to belief?
5. How can God accept us, in spite of our sins without being unjust and simply overlooking our sin? How does Jesus being rejected in your place help strengthen you even as you face rejection in this world?
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