Jesus Marveled

Mark 6:6 And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Several years ago the famous atheist Thomas Huxley was in a hurry. You may not know his name, but this man was famous for attacking Christ and Christianity, and was a fervent Darwinist. Huxley was in a hurry, and leaving his apartment hailed a taxi, jumped in, and said to the driver “Hurry, I’m almost late. Drive fast!” Obediently the driver took off at top speed. Huxley laid back in his seat, closed his eyes, and rested. After a time he opened his eyes and saw that they were no where near his destination – as a matter of fact they were headed full tilt in the wrong direction. Huxley realized that he hadn’t told the driver where his destination was. He asked the driver “Do you know where you’re going?” The driver replied, “No sir; but I am driving very fast!”

This world is going very fast, but sadly, does not know where it is going. We need to slow down, look up, and reorient on faith in Christ!

In our text today we see the only two times in Scripture where it is said that Jesus marveled at anything. Saturn with all its rings are not amazing to Jesus – He made them. The moon and the sun, beautiful by night and the light of day, are not amazing to Jesus. He made them, and hold them together. The stars uncounted in the Heavens, and the planets we have never discovered but that are surely there, they do not astonish our Jesus. Jesus Christ is …

Colossians 1:15-17  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  [16]  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  [17]  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

God the Father has – according to Hebrews 1:2

“In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”

Christ is the agent of God’s creation – all things are created “through Him”. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit worked together to bring about the all creation. We are told in John that, “All things were made through [Jesus], and without [Jesus] was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3, ESV). The apostle Paul said “There is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live” (1 Corinthians 8:6).

Nothing in creation causes Christ to “marvel”. What does cause Christ to “marvel” or be amazed is FAITH and FAITHLESSNESS.

Faithlessness Causes Jesus To Marvel.

Jesus calmed a storm. Jesus raised a man out of the tombs. Jesus raised a little girl from the dead, and healed a woman who had been sick for 12 years. When He goes home what does He find?

Unbelief.

Mark 6:1-2 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.  [2]  And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

As Jesus began to teach in the Synagogue of Nazareth many began to criticize – not because He was teaching badly but because they knew Jesus when He was a child.

Jesus grew up in Nazareth. He was born to Mary while she was a virgin. Joseph was His stepfather, not His father. But as Jesus grew up His deity and power were hidden. He did not start ministry until He was 30 years old, as anyone younger than that had no voice. He probably supported His stepfather in the family business, carpentry. There were glimpses as to Who Jesus was in His childhood. There was the time that Mary and Joseph went in a caravan to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of the Passover. After the Feast they headed back home with a crowd of other worshipers. But getting home they discovered that Jesus wasn’t with them. The Bible tells us that:

Luke 2:45-49  And when {Mary and Joseph} found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.  [46]  And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.  [47]  And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.  [48]  And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.  [49]  And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

Jesus was not just ANY Child – He is God’s Child. Mary and Joseph should have known this, for the Angel of God said of Him:

Luke 1:35 …. The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Jesus is the Son of God. Crowds of people are following Him, seeking to hear His Word and feel His touch. Yet when He goes home to the Synagogue to teach people begin to ask:

Where did THIS MAN hear these things?
Who told Him the things that He knows?
How can THIS MAN do the mighty works that He has done?

And they doubted Him. They disparaged Him. They mocked Jesus because their were faithless.

Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were OFFENDED at him.

They were OFFENDED at Him. This is the Greek σκανδαλίζω or skandalizō (pronounced skan-dal-id’-zo) which means just what it sounds like. They were “scandalized”. They were offended because of His TEACHING. How DARE He teach something He ought not to know! They were offended.

Here is God’s Son teaching the great truths of God’s Word, but they pay no attention to this. Why? Faithlessness has blinded their eyes and closed their ears. Faithlessness robs us of the blessings of God. Christ is not teaching in the Synagogue of Nazareth for HIS benefit. No, He is teaching to share the great truths of the Gospel with whosoever will. It was faithlessness that caused Israel, God’s nation, to fall away from God. The Lord told them:

Isaiah 30:15 GWT You can be saved by returning to me. You can have rest. You can be strong by being quiet and by trusting me. But YOU DON’T WANT THAT.

Jesus called and continues to call people to salvation in Him, to rest in Him. He says:

Matthew 11:28-30 KJV Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.   [29]   Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.   [30]   For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

As Jesus heard their faithlessness and their offense He said:

Mark 6:4 …. A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

No one is called as Prophet directly from the cradle, but in time and as they grow God reveals that they are Prophets. Jesus as a baby and as a toddler did the same things that babies and toddlers did. He was without sin, but had to be cared for and had to grow up to be Messiah.

Faithlessness binds the hands of God

Mark 6:5-6  And he COULD THERE DO NO MIGHTY WORK, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.   [6]  And he MARVELED because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

Jesus could do no mighty work because of their unbelief. He Himself was not hindered, but where faithlessness and doubt is God cannot work. Adrian Rogers told the following story:

“Years ago I was witnessing to a young lady in Florida. I asked her if she had received Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She became teary-eyed and said, “I just don’t seem…no…I can’t do it today.” I asked her, “Don’t you realize that if you don’t receive Him, that you’re going to deny Him?” She said, “Oh, I wouldn’t deny Him for anything.” I said, “But there’s no middle ground.” And yet she refused. I said, “Before you go, would you shake hands with me?” And she said, “Well, certainly.” And so I said, “If you’ll take Christ as your Savior, take my right hand. If you’ll take hell and refuse Christ, take my left hand.” She refused to take either of my hands.”

Sitting on the fence does not please God. It is just as much faithless to do that, as it is for the Atheist to deny God. The Bible tells us that:

Titus 1:15-16 To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are DEFILED AND UNBELIEVING, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.

Faithlessness or misplaced faith (putting your faith in anything other than God) leads to the most terrible state of impurity. One of the greatest men who ever lived was John the Baptist. Jesus said of John:

Luke 7:28 NASB … I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John …

John is a fantastic man, a great believer in Christ. He was not ashamed to be the forerunner of the Messiah, the Voice Crying In The Wilderness. Yet one day he offended Herod, the Governor of that area. John got on Herod’s black list when he told Herod to repent of his sexual sin. You see, Herod killed his brother Philip, and took his wife to be his own. We read:

Mark 6:17-19 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife: for he had married her.  [18]  For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.  [19]  Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not:

John offended both Herod as well as his (now dead) brother’s wife when he spoke out against their sexual sins. So Herodias – Herod’s Queen – concocted a plan.

Mark 6:21-24 … when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;  [22]  And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.  [23]  And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.  [24]  And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.

This is what faithlessness or misplaced faith does. Drifting farther and farther from God, Herod steals his brother’s WIFE, his brother’s LIFE, and now lusts after his brother’s OFFSPRING. Now a child – a damsel perhaps a teenager – because of unbelief entices Herod then asks for John the Baptist’s head – a terrible thing. Unbelief is a disease. The Bible says that:

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

It is misplaced faith that attacked Paris, and faithlessness that condemns many to eternal damnation. God will not bless faithlessness. But He rewards faith in Him with the blessed life.

Faith in the wrong thing creates the evil we see in the world today. We are fallen because of faithlessness. All of the evil we have seen has brought death and destruction, and all is attributed to faithlessness or faith in the wrong thing.

Joseph Stalin murdered 42,672,000
Mao Zedong (Tse-tung) murdered 37,828,000
Adolf Hitler murdered 20,946,000
Chiang Kai-shek murdered 10,214,000
Pol Pot murdered 2,397,000

Philip and Axelrod’s three-volume ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WARS chronicles some 1,763 wars that have been fought in the course of human history. Every war noted can be traced to misplaced faith or faithlessness. Our Lord marvels.

Faith Causes Jesus To Marvel.

The other text that speaks of our Lord marveling is:

Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

What is the faith that caused the Creator of all to be in wonder. The Bible tells us that:

Matthew 8:5-6  And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,  6  And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

The Centurion – a man accustomed to giving orders to many men – lowered himself to come to Jesus. He said to Jesus – a Jew in the eyes of his word:

Lord …

The Centurion humbled himself, bending his knee to Jesus. Though considered an enemy by the Jews he nonetheless humbled himself before the Messiah a Jew. Jesus responded without hesitation, saying:

Matthew 8:7 …. I will come and heal him.

When Jairus the Ruler of the Synagogue came to Jesus seeking the Master heal his daughter, Jesus agreed to go with him. They then headed out to Jairus’ home. Yet when Jesus told the Centurion He would go home with him that faithful man said:

Matthew 8:8-9 …. Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.  [9]  For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

In every instance where people sought Christ for healing He either healed them on the spot, or followed them to where He could heal them. But the Centurion said “Lord, You don’t have to come to my home. I am unworthy that You come here.”

This is what causes God to marvel.

What is the faith that God wants of us, we who have been saved? In Mark 6:7-12 Jesus sent His disciples out They were to go out two by two. They were to be totally reliant on God, not on money nor on their possessions. They were to step outside their comfort zones, and tell people to repent. They had power with God, power to cast out devils and to heal the sick. But ALL their power came from Jesus. When they returned from their faith building trip the Bible tells us that:

Mark 6:30-31 (KJV)30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. 31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

Jesus said “Come ye yourselves APART INTO A DESERT PLACE and REST”. They were supposed to rest in Jesus, to trust Him. We are all called to trust Jesus in the Desert Places of life. As they are resting in this “desert place” the Bible says:

Mark 6:35-36 (KJV)35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: 36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.

The disciples were to rest in that desert place. Faith is rest for the soul. They were to trust Jesus. Jesus tells them “Feed them” and the disciples, frugal but not very faithful, said:

Mark 6:37 (KJV) Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?

Someone came in with two fishes and five little barley loaves of bread. What did Jesus do? He had them sit down. He took the little that He was given and:

Mark 6:41-44 (KJV)41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. 42 And they did all eat, and were filled. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. 44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

A little in the hand of Jesus is enough, more than enough.But it MUST be in HIS hands!

There were twelve basket fulls of leftovers. There are twelve tribe in Israel, and those twelve baskets represented the nation. The nation that trusts in Christ shall be blessed. The community that trusts in Jesus shall be blessed. The Church that trusts in Jesus shall be blessed.

For He is marvelous!

May God touch your hearts with His Word.

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A searching pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. I am looking for the Church. Most of what I see today is not the Church, but clubs, where members sit in padded pews and drink deeply of self. I am looking for a people willing to be righteous not self righteous, serving not served, In short, I am looking and praying for a people who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. I hope I find this people before it's too late.
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