Each week throughout the ReMarkAble series at First Baptist Church, Pastor Matt Clausen (or whomever preaches on Sunday) will provide a brief post that supplements the sermon content from the Sunday before. I will try to post them on Mondays following the sermon. Here is a link to the sermon on Mark Six, and below is Matt's Sermon Supplement. We have additional content to support the Mark series, and you can read more about it here.
The necessity of living by faith in the Kingdom of God
Mark 6 is filled with big lessons about the absolute necessity of living by faith in the Kingdom of God. In Mark 6 Jesus disciples have great faith as they leave for a journey of healing and proclaiming without any traveling supplies. They have to trust in Jesus to provide for their physical needs and to provide spiritual power to accomplish their mission. Then later in Mark 6 Jesus challenges his disciples to feed thousands even though they don’t have the resources on hand to accomplish a task of this magnitude. The disciples need to have faith in Jesus to see that the impossible is possible because of his presence in their lives.
Mark 6:1-6 is a passage that begins the chapter and draws the reader’s attention to the necessity of faith. In that passage Jesus and His disciples enter His hometown of Nazareth. Jesus entered the synagogue and began to teach on the Sabbath. Jesus was very famous in this region by the time of this teaching and was regularly drawing crowds of thousands. His name was well known and the people of his hometown must have been perplexed at the stories they heard about Jesus because thy just knew him as the Carpenter.
What was the result of the lack of faith?
As he was teaching they couldn't help but express their shock at Jesus and their refusal to except what he said as authoritative. They uttered…
“Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. (Mark 6:2-3)
Jesus was just one of them. How dare he assert some sort of authority in their lives? How dare he outgrow his home? They didn’t believe in Him as the Son of God, he was just Jesus the carpenter whose illegitimate birth may be called to attention when he is referred to as the “son of Mary” rather than the usual construction “son of Joseph.”
What was the result of their lack of faith? Mark 6:5 says, “He could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.” Most of us would think of healing a few sick people as pretty significant ministry, but in light of Jesus healing of the bleeding woman and raising Jairus daughter from the dead in chapter 5, these healing seem small. Notice that it is the lack of faith among the people that kept Jesus from working powerfully among them. In the next verse we read that Jesus “marveled because of their unbelief.” God has chosen to tie his power for living to faith. When we don’t have faith God’s power for us is limited.
The call of this section of Mark is for us to be people of great faith. To live our lives focused on the unseen power and provision of God. How can you leap forward in faith today, trusting in the unseen resources of God to accomplish His tasks through you?