Mark 6:5-6 – Jesus COULD NOT do ANY miracles there, EXCEPT lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was AMAZED at their lack of faith.

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I know. If you’re like me you’ve read this verse hundreds of times, but I want you to read the verse again. But this time slow down and pay attention to each word. There are some astonishing truths in this passage.

First, Jesus – the one who raised a dead girl to life, the one who rebuked the storms, cast out demons, multiplied the fish and bread to feed the multitudes, the one who walked on water – this Jesus COULD NOT do any miracles there.

That is an astonishing statement!

Second, healing is either not considered a miracle or the least of the miracles. Mark tells us that Jesus COULD NOT do any miracles there, EXCEPT to lay his hands on a few sick to heal them.

Apparently, physical healing doesn’t impress in the eternal scheme of things. Healings – which we most associate with miracles – is either not a miracle or the least of miracles.

Thirdly, then what is a miracle? The miracle Mark speaks of has to do with a dead sinner destined for eternal damnation in hell and seeing that dead individual come to life in Jesus Christ and become a fellow heir with Jesus.

Think about that – damned for eternal hell to fellow heir with Jesus!!! That, indeed, is a miracle!

Lastly, one’s lack of faith makes this miracle impossible.

Our time here on earth is for the purposes of preparing and training us for eternal life. You weren’t created for just this earth’s existence. You were created for eternity. And that is what the gospels are most interested in.

God loves you. God cannot imagine spending all of eternity without you. That’s why he sent Jesus to die on the cross for you. Receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

The way you do that is to confess your sins, receive Jesus as your Savior, and commit to following Jesus in all your days like this: “Jesus, I am a sinner in need of a Savior. Forgive my sins. I receive you as Lord and Savior and I choose to live my life in obedience to your word.”

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