Mark 6



Mark 6 reveals the challenges Jesus faces, including rejection in his hometown and the death of John the Baptist. Despite these challenges, the chapter also showcases Jesus' compassion, authority over nature and supernatural elements, and his ability to provide abundantly, as seen in the feeding of the five thousand.


  1. Rejection in Nazareth (Mark 6:1-6): Jesus returns to his hometown of Nazareth and teaches in the synagogue. However, the people are skeptical, saying, "Is not this the carpenter?" Due to their lack of faith, Jesus is unable to perform many miracles there.
  2. Sending Out of the Twelve (Mark 6:7-13): Jesus sends out the twelve disciples in pairs, giving them authority over unclean spirits. He instructs them to preach repentance, heal the sick, and cast out demons. They go out and carry out these tasks, returning to report their experiences to Jesus.
  3. Death of John the Baptist (Mark 6:14-29): King Herod hears about Jesus and recalls the miraculous deeds, associating them with John the Baptist whom he had beheaded. The narrative details the events leading to John's execution.
  4. Feeding of the Five Thousand (Mark 6:30-44): Jesus and his disciples seek a quiet place to rest, but a large crowd follows them. Moved with compassion, Jesus teaches the people and miraculously multiplies five loaves and two fish to feed five thousand men (plus women and children). Twelve baskets of leftovers are collected.
  5. Jesus Walks on Water (Mark 6:45-56): After dismissing the crowd, Jesus sends his disciples across the Sea of Galilee by boat. He goes to a mountain to pray. During the night, he walks on the water toward the disciples who are struggling against the wind. They are initially frightened, but Jesus reassures them, and the wind ceases.