Impressed by the Ordinary

February 4, 2024

Book: Mark

The gospels’ primary role is to show that the Kingdom of God is here and available and invites us to live in God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. In Mark 6 there are two stories that, next to one another, don’t seem like they belong. We have Jesus instructing his disciples to spread the word of Jesus, and we see Herod at a party. A takeaway from this chapter can be the contrast of Jesus’s Kingdom against the kingdom of man. When we look at this text from that lens, we see that God’s Kingdom is often found in the ordinary. 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. Mark 6:2-3