Furiously, I write this. I know soon, I will be snoozing… but I really want to find truth in this passage.
What would it be like for Jesus to be “amazed?”
“Jesus left there and 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.”-Mark 6:1-6
Amazement: A state of extreme surprise or wonder; astonishment. Do you think he was really amazed? Surprised that these people didn’t really buy into his story? I guess the reaction that these people had never has surprised me. I know if someone I knew for my entire life suddenly began performing crazy wild miracles, I might be a little hesitant to worship him too. Don’t you think?
So what’s the dealio? In all actuality of the situation, I would have reacted similarly, although, still wrongly. Jesus was giving the people of his hometown an opportunity. And they flat out missed it. His work was kind of snuffed out, because people didn’t care to believe. Frankly, Jesus left the town to find people who were willing to believe. Why stay in a place where the people’s hearts have been hardened?
Sheesh. This bewilderment that Jesus displayed was probably because he knew the depth of his ministry, and also knew what his people were missing out on because of their unbelief.
What am I missing out on because of my unbelief? I totally resonate with the crowd of people, therefore, this attitude in my own life is probably hindering me from great opportunities offered to me. That I would be offered a relationship with a God who is much more everything than me (or anything around me) is a chance I’d be ludicrous not to take.
[Give me faith to trust what you say; that you’re good, and your love is great! I’m broken inside, I give you my life. I may be weak, but your spirit’s strong in me. My flesh may fail, but my God, you never will.]