Jesus Rejected at Nazareth


Journey Through The Bible: Jesus rejected at Nazareth

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 6:810 "And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here I am! Send me." And he said, "Go, and say to this people: Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive. Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed." #733

Introduction: Last time we looked at Jesus and the Samaritan woman. John 4:1-46 #1141, Today we see Jesus rejected at Nazareth. Luke 4:16-30 #1104, John 4:43-54 #1142 Next week we will look at Jesus in Jerusalem. John 5 #1142-1143

Jesus has started his ministry in the region of Capernaum and has done many miracles. We see yet another one in the gospel of John in chapter 4. However, this seems to be a time of great distress for Jesus as he presents the good news to his home town, yet they reject him.

Proposition: We are to accept the truth of the gospel whenever it is preached.

T.S.: Today we see Jesus rejected because his home town only sees his past.

I. We are called to accept the gospel of the Lord.

-Luke 4:16-21 #1103

-Jesus' custom was to worship the Lord. V. 16

-He read that which was handed to him. V. 17 (5 year cycle)

-The fulfillment of the word is at hand with Jesus. V. 18-20

-Anointed, proclaimer of truth, liberty, and favor of the Lord.

-Jesus' message, Today scripture is fulfilled! V. 21

II. We are to be faithful to the gospel above all else.

- Luke 4:22-30 #1103

-Let us not just give lip service to Jesus. V. 22

-Jesus gives a proverb before the crowd could ask for a miracle. V. 23

-No prophet is accepted in his home town. V. 24

-Examples: Elijah (1 Kings 17:1-15), Elisha (2 Kings 5:1-14)

-If we are not faithful to the gospel, the good news will slip away. V. 30

Let us be faithful to the gospel of Christ above all else.