He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. (Mark 6:1-13, NRSV)
Jesus had no honor in His home town. They thought they knew who He was. And rather than be moved and changed by what was happening before their eyes, they mocked Him and would not change their minds.
So He sent the disciples out. He sent them out to be messengers, and dependent on the hospitality of those they will meet. Even in the face of the inhospitable town He grew up in.
He sent them out to go where they were welcome and to shake dust off their feet where they were not.
“So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent.”
Can you see them? Men walking down the road, 2 by 2, shouting “All should repent!”
That is what verse 12 tells us. They went out proclaiming, “All should repent!”
Everyone needs to repent. You are going to burn if you do not turn!
Now don’t get me wrong, we all need to repent! But does some one yelling at you, or even politely telling you you need to repent really have an effect on you?
You see verse 12 is not the best translation of the original language.
Καὶ ἐξελθόντες ἐκήρυξαν ἵνα μετανοῶσιν,
And all y’all went out, they proclaimed, so that they might repent.
So that they might repent. They went out preaching, or proclaiming all they had seen, so that, in order that, they might repent.
They were not shouting “all should repent!” They were sharing the good news of the Messiah and telling all they had seen and all of the changes in their lives, so that they might repent.
Those who were hearing and the disciples themselves, might repent. It’s not a command it is the effect of the hearing of the story of life, mercy, grace and love!
So go into all the world and proclaim the good news, so that they might repent!