What Jesus Did! 'Blocking Miracles' — Mark 6:4-6

Friday, April 8, 2016

Jesus said to the people, "Other people give honor to a prophet. But in his own town with his own people and in his own home, a prophet does not get honor." Jesus was not able to do many miracles in that town. The only miracles he did were to heal some sick people by putting his hands on them. Jesus was very surprised because those people did not have faith. Then Jesus went to other villages in that area and taught.
— Mark 6:4-6 NLT
Illustration of Mark 6:4-6 NLT — "Other people give honor to a prophet. But in his own town with his own people and in his own home, a prophet does not get honor."

Key Thought

Jesus is in an important religious place with people who know him well. His intentions are good and he has great power to heal and to help. Yet in this place, he couldn't do nearly as much as he wanted because the people refused to believe and didn't expect him to be able to act. How often have well-intentioned religious people blocked the power of God to work among them because they have refused to believe in Jesus' power? More often than it ever should have!

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive us ... forgive me, for not expecting you to act in powerful ways to bring deliverance, healing and blessing in the lives of your people. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 1:15-20
  • Ephesians 3:14-19
  • 2 Timothy 3:5

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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.