Sabbath Humility

An excerpt from the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 6:

1Jesus 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? 3Isn’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.

4Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”

By the time this scene occurs in Mark’s gospel, Jesus has already hit the big time. He is a headliner at the Lakeshore. He really knows how to draw a crowd. People are amazed at his teaching. The crowds press in to get close to him like a rock star. They carry their loved ones for miles just to see him. He has brought healing and hope to so many who had given up. One day, he takes his tour of Galilee into his hometown.

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