February 18/Mark 6

Verses 1-6 > A man was viewing some art in a well known art museum. After some time he said to the guard, “I don’t see any great value in this art.” The guard responded, “Sir, the paintings are not what’s on trial here; the visitors are.”

That’s true. If you look at a Rembrandt or a Picasso and say, “I don’t see what’s so special about that”; you are just showing your ignorance concerning art. The people in these verses are not unlike most of the people today, they just don’t see anything special about Jesus; after all they knew him as a kid and watched him grow up. But as they looked at him they really didn’t see him did they? They didn’t discern the God Spirit inside of him. It shows their ignorance concerning God’s son the Savior of the World. So because of their ignorance which led to their unbelief Jesus didn’t do much for them. People today say, “Jesus just doesn’t do much for me.”

We want to be careful that we don’t become complacent about Jesus and take him for granted. He is the Son of God, the Savior of the World , the world’s Creator and everything in it. He lives inside of us and he will never abandon us. As God’s Son he has a right to our time, money, abilities, energy, our life and our heart. Yes he is our brother and friend but let’s remember that he deserves our utmost respect, devotion and worship. Perhaps then our faith will be strengthened and we will see him do the great things in and through our lives that we are longing for!

God sent Jesus to the people of Nazareth. How do we respond to people that God sends to us? People aren’t sent to us so that we can judge them. We are the ones that are being observed by God. Neighbors, co-workers, friends, cashiers, clerks, repairmen, mailmen, church family, nursery workers, sound and video personnel, pastors, musicians etc. they have all been sent by God to see how we will treat them. Yikes! How am I doing? How are you doing? Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with the right responses and attitudes.

Verses 14-29 > Like Herod trying to please people will cause you to say and do stupid things without thinking of the consequences. Like Herodias holding on to a grudge will eventually bring death either physical, spiritual or both. Like John the Baptist standing up for the truth will not always be popular but stand up for it anyway even if it means giving up your freedom, your job, your friends, your family and perhaps eventually your life.

Mark 10:29–30 (NLT) — 29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.

Verses 45-52 > Spending time in prayer is a great way for the Lord to prepare you for any storm in life that you may have to walk through. Prayer will also keep you from developing a hard heart.

Verses 53-56 > The people recognized Jesus. I pray that people will recognize Jesus in me. Or if they don’t have a clue about Jesus that they would recognize the righteous behavior and speech that I have.

Never hesitate to pray for any and all people. Pray in faith and leave the results up to Jesus.

Be Inspired Hilltop!




  1. Mark Gundersen says

    The people of Jesus’s day, the disciples included, recognized that he was from God but not that he was God. They still had an earthly perspective in terms of food and healing. They were still not thinking of salvation and eternity. We need to look for more than the bread and circuses.