What Jesus Did! 'Refusing to Believe' — Mark 6:1-3

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Jesus left there and went back to his home town. His followers went with him. On the Sabbath day Jesus taught in the synagogue. Many people heard him teach and were amazed. These people said, "Where did this man get this teaching? How did he get this wisdom? Who gave it to him? And where did he get the power to do miracles? {Surely, not from God!} He is only the carpenter. And his mother is Mary. He is the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters are here with us." The people did not accept Jesus.
— Mark 6:1-3 NLT
Illustration of Mark 6:1-3 NLT — "Where did this man get this teaching?"

Key Thought

"He's just ..." There wasn't anything about Jesus' early life that attracted the attention and fascination of his fellow townspeople. They expected nothing great of him. He was just another kid from their town. They knew his family and they expected no great thing out of him. So they were offended by actions that captured the hearts of other people and they refused to believe what so many called compelling evidence of his divinity. Despite thousands of years of witnesses, the faith of many in the scientific community, and the testimony of close friends, many today refuse to believe. For some, the problem is pride. For others, it is a lifestyle they don't want to change. For others, it is a lack of interest. For others, there are some intellectual hangups. But underneath it all, there is a refusal to believe ... a refusal to seek after something that they can't identify or analyze with empirical investigation. So which are you, one who refuses to believe and denies faith or one who seeks after truth and finds faith?

Today's Prayer

O Holy and compassionate Father, stir my heart to seek after you. I want to know truth ... physical truth and spiritual truth. Correct me in my wrong-headedness and beckon me in my truth-seeking. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 7:16-17
  • John 12:37-43
  • Colossians 1:19-21

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.