The Astonishment of Christ
Mark 6:5-6
And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands on a few sick folk, and healed them.…

What men marvel at indicates their character. It shows what manner of spirit they are of, on what level they are moving, how high they have risen, or how low they have sunk on the scale of being. And I do not know that we ever feel the immense interval between ourselves and the Son of Man more keenly than when we compare that which astonishes us with that which astonished Him. To us, as a rule, the word miracles denotes more physical wonders; and these are so wonderful to us as to be well-nigh incredible. But in Him they awake no astonishment. He never speaks of them with the faintest accent of surprise. He set so little store by them that He often seemed reluctant to work them, and openly expressed His wish that those on or for whom they had been wrought would tell no man of them...What does astonish Him is not these outward wonders so surprising to us, but chat inward wonder, the mystery of man's soul, the miraculous power which we often exercise without a thought of surprise, the power of shutting and opening that door or window of the soul which looks heavenward, and through which alone the glories of the spiritual world can stream in upon us. Only twice are we told that He marvelled to whom all the secrets of Nature and Life lay open — once at the unbelief of men, and once at their faith (Matthew 8:10; Luke 7:9).

(S. Cox, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

WEB: He could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people, and healed them.

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