This week's passage (Mark 6.1-6) when read alongside last week's (Mark 5.21-42), is surprising! In last week's passage we saw two individuals come to Jesus with amazing faith in His ability to totally transform their situations. Here, in his own hometown, Jesus is met with unbelief and rejection. For many, this would have been enough to stifle their ministry, specifically due to rejection from one's own people--neighbors and friends. And yet, Jesus moves forward in His mission (vs. 6b). We must not be surprised when people reject the gospel we've been called to herald. Christ, too, was rejected! Instead, we must rejoice and be glad (Matthew 5.12) as being counted worthy to suffer for the gospel and move forward joyfully and obediently in the great commission task of making disciples. Let us follow Jesus' example and be encouraged by God's promise in Romans 1.16, that the gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. O Lord, grant us favor, grace, wisdom and boldness as we take your gospel message into hostile territory and may we not allow rejection to silence our voices. Amen.