Please give me a few minutes to explain what I mean by the title of this blog. Mark 6:1-6 will help me explain, “Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 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? 3 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. 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.”
Let’s examine the above passage. Jesus went to his hometown. On the Sabbath he taught amazingly coupled with performing “remarkable miracles.” His hometown audience exclaimed, “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?” But rather than allowing God to have his way with their hearts, his hometown folks rejected this God-Man accepting Jesus as being only human. Why, because he was too familiar to them. “This is the carpenter who used to live here…right? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” Even though Jesus had just spoken amazingly as the Son of God and performed miracles that only can be produced by God, they rejected him. Notice the appalling subsequent remarks, “And they took offense at him.” What?!!! You gotta be kiddin’ me!
Then notice what happen as their faith tanked and rebelled. “5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.” If you are like me, I am indignant with the way his hometown treated Jesus. The audacity!! But then the Holy Spirit convicts me. “Why can’t I do the miracles I want in your life?!” You know why? Jesus was too familiar to his hometown and often he becomes too familiar to me. I read the Word every day, perform my prayers, listen to praise music and some good, solid Godly messages on the radio or laptop and fellowship with the brethren. However, sometimes it becomes routine and Jesus things become too familiar! I forget day-by-day and the moment-by-moment’s of life Who I worship. Philippians 2 “10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Psalm 27 “8 My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Don’t get too familiar with the things of God and forget to humbly and diligently seek Him daily requesting His son to be revealed to you.
At the end of Mark 6 in an area called Gennesaret, “the people recognized Jesus….and all who touched (him) were healed.” The people recognized Jesus for Who He really is. As a result, all who touched Him were healed.
Don’t become too familiar with Jesus. Seek His face daily!