Mark – The Facts.
“If we only knew” is a common phrase that tells us we didn’t listen to understand the first time. It also means we aren’t paying attention to what is right in front of us at times. We miss a lot in life in our busyness of making a living, the day to day details of surviving, the meals put on the table, a home to care for, lawns to mow, etc. We miss kids growing up and transforming into young men and women with wonderful, God-given talents and abilities until we realize how old they are or begin to see how they are applying those talents and abilities in challenging situations. “If we only knew…” We grew up, it’s time to notice others growing up, too…and affirm them.
This age old problem goes back to Jesus’ time when the older men and women could not believe that He possessed the power to heal, save and restore. How could this little boy who ran and played with our children, speak with such wisdom in the meeting place? “It’s can’t be, for he is just a carpenter…Mary’s boy.” To describe Jesus as “Mary’s boy” was a great put down, a slanderous way of saying he was born out of wedlock. Even though Joseph was betrothed to Mary, the birth was suspicious, and gossiped about in his hometown. Jesus, the Son of God, was not acceptable.
“How did he get so wise all of a sudden, get such ability?” Jesus hometown friends and relatives just didn’t get it…or Him.
Mark 6, The Message
Just a Carpenter
6 1-2 He left there and returned to his hometown. His disciples came along. On the Sabbath, he gave a lecture in the meeting place. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. “We had no idea he was this good!” they said. “How did he get so wise all of a sudden, get such ability?”
3 But in the next breath they were cutting him down: “He’s just a carpenter—Mary’s boy. We’ve known him since he was a kid. We know his brothers, James, Justus, Jude, and Simon, and his sisters. Who does he think he is?” They tripped over what little they knew about him and fell, sprawling. And they never got any further.
4-6 Jesus told them, “A prophet has little honor in his hometown, among his relatives, on the streets he played in as a child.” Jesus wasn’t able to do much of anything there—he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, that’s all. He couldn’t get over their stubbornness. He left and made a circuit of the other villages, teaching.
Think about it…
–We must get passed what we assume, ignore and think we know to what is real and right in front of us.
–Allow others to change and grow in our lives and NOTICE it and affirm them.
–Jesus did what He could with the little faith in the people before Him. The hometown crowd just couldn’t get passed the reputation, or what they thought they knew, about Jesus and His family. So, He moved on to where a more a difference could be made for God’s Kingdom.
–When people move away and come back, see them for who they have become, not locked into who you think they were.
–Stubbornness keeps us from a ton of blessings! If we only knew…
Dear Heavenly Father, Help us not to judge each other so harshly. Help us to never assume, but to talk and listen to each other. Help to grow and affirm each other when we do mature in your love, grace and mercy. I don’t want to miss your blessings because of my stubborn streak.
In Jesus Name, Amen