Mark 6:7-13 Many people gathered around Jesus, to hear his teaching and to see or receive his miracles. Yet those who truly accepted Jesus as the Messiah were exceedingly rare. Those who did truly accept him, became in turn his sent messengers. Right on the heels of Jesus’ rejection in Nazareth was his first commissioning of the twelve disciples. Now they were privileged to carry his message for him throughout Galilee. In the sending, the disciples received special power from Christ to carry out their commission. We as Christ’s disciples are similarly sent and empowered to proclaim the gospel message of repentance. We are not empowered to perform miracles, but rather our power comes through the Holy Spirit as we accurately and faithfully share the gospel message.