⁷And He summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits; ⁸and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff – no bread, no bag, no money in their belt – ⁹but to wear sandals; and He added, “Do not put on two tunics.”
¹⁰And He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave town.
¹¹Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.”
¹²They went out and preached that men should repent.
¹³And they were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.
The disappointment in Nazareth leads Jesus to intensify his work.
He now sends his disciples out to preach and heal (Mark 6: 7-13). ‘Ordinary’ people will show and speak of extraordinary things.
That is how the Gospel enters the world.
This precious Gospel is still often presented in a simple way. It comes down to hearing it, not as a word of men, but as, what it is, a word of God (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
In fact, we run the risk of ignoring Jesus in the opposite way of what the people in Nazareth did.
Jesus is God’s Son, but He is also human, and the eldest of a fairly large family (Compare Mark 6:3).
He has become like us in all things (Philippians 2:5-7; Hebrews 2:17).
Not only is He far above us, but He is also very near to us.
▪︎ Pray to God to open the eyes of that friend, that relative, or perhaps that neighbor or neighbor, to Him.
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