Sermon Outline On Mark 6:1-6 (NRSV)
He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being 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. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching.
Do we see the expected or the unexpected? Do we believe only the expected or is the unexpected possible? Is our God a God of the expected or the unexpected?
Jesus comes to his hometown. He is followed by his disciples. Now you would think that people would see a man with disciples as someone who was worthy of listening to. You would think the hometown folk would be impressed, and as we read today’s text there was that brief moment that you thought they saw the unexpected in Jesus. There was a moment that you felt like they knew they were in the presences of the Son of God, the Savior, the Messiah. There was that brief moment.
“On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands!” (Mark 6:2)
But wait a minute! This is a carpenter, the son of a carpenter? If you want to know about wood, construction, or carving, he’s your man, but if you want to know about things sacred…well he’s only a carpenter. We wouldn’t expect him to know about such stuff.
Mark has brought us to this point in his telling of the gospel. Jesus has already taught in the synagogues of Galilee, healed lepers and paralytics. He has freed a men from demons and calmed the stormy sea. He has healed a woman with a hemorrhage of 12 years while on his way to bring life to a dead girl.
Jesus has taught with parables about sowers and seed, taught acceptance of the unacceptable by example and exposition. He has brought new meaning to the laws introduced by Moses.
But wait, we know his brothers, we can call them by name. Why his mother even grew up in our village! This man is a carpenter. We don’t expect anything earth shattering out of him.
What we see depends on what we choose to see. When the people of Nazareth looked at Jesus, they didn’t expect very much, so they chose not to see very much. What do we expect? What do we choose to see?
We can all ask ourselves, “Who is Jesus in my life?” Is he just a carpenter or is he Lord of my life? Is he just the son of Mary or is he my Savior? Is he just a hometown boy or is he the Son of God?
What do we expect Jesus to do in our lives?