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Today we are continuing our series titled “The Good News of God’s Glorious offer”
The true shepherd of the flock must not only feed the sheep but must also give weekly attention to increasing the flock.
Today is part 2 The Great Salvation That Creates Fellowship.
Mark 6:1-3 (ESV)
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
6 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.
2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands?
3 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.
Luke 4:16-30 (ESV)
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.
17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”
23 And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘“Physician, heal yourself.” What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’”
24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.
25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land,
26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath.
29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff.
30 But passing through their midst, he went away.
Father, you are the giver of every good and perfect gift.
Today we accept life itself as a gift from your loving hand.
We thank you for the gift of eternal life and for the abiding presence of your Holy Spirit, who teaches us what our Lord taught and enables us to implement those teachings.
Help us today to follow the counsel of our Lord and live our lives as a service to you and others.
It is in Jesus name we pray.
Our great salvation includes more than the salvation of our souls, which is the free gift of God when we put faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
It includes more than new bodies and a heavenly home, which our Lord is preparing for those who love Him.
Our salvation involves living the heavenly way of life here and now in the power of the risen and living Lord.
It is by Jesus’ substitutionary death and His victorious resurrection that He saves us from the penalty of sin.
It is by the Holy Spirit’s authoritative teaching as heaven’s infallible and inerrant Teacher and by His work within our hearts that we experience spiritual transformation.
Paul declared concerning those that have experienced the new birth that God has “predetermined that they shall be conformed to the image of His son”
Lets read it Romans 8:28-30 (ESV)
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
While this purpose will not be completely accomplished in this life, God is at work to bring about this spiritual transformation here and now.
The great salvation that our Lord came to make possible is a salvation from fear and hate and prejudice.
This salvation creates a brotherhood and a fellowship among people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and colours.
Jesus came that the human family might truly become the family of God, but people have not always welcomed this thought in actual practice.
How do you respond to the implication that God is the Father of all people who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ?
Can you accept them as brothers and sisters?
Do you respond to them with the kind of love that the Master Teacher requires?
Jesus was and is the Master Teacher who came from God to give wisdom to believers.
Jesus is the way to the highest possible human happiness.
His teachings contain the truth of God concerning all the issues of life that challenge us.
He came that we might have life in abundance in the here and now as well as eternal life beyond.
John 10:10 (ESV) says
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Heaven is not merely a residence, it is primarily a relationship between the believer and God.
Heaven should be a way of life for those who recognise Jesus Christ as more than just a soul saver who permits us to have a ticket to heaven.
He wants the heavenly way of life to become real to us today.
2. Jesus, the Master Teacher, spoke with authority.
Matthew 7:28-29 (ESV)
The Authority of Jesus
28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
Jesus spoke with the authority of His own unique person.
He wasn’t trying to be someone else.
B. Jesus spoke with the authority of one filled with and under the control of the Holy Spirit.
C. Jesus taught with the authority of one who came with the absolute truth from God.
D. Jesus spoke with the authority of one captivated by pure love.
By His teachings, the Lord comes to correct us, inform us, and change our lives.
He wants to instruct our minds, stir our emotions, and affect our will as we make the decisions that will be pleasing to Him.
To be a true follower of Christ, we must let His teachings determine our attitudes, actions, and ambitions.
3. Our Saviour, if we let Him will save us from ugly and cruel prejudices towards others.
Most of us are unwilling to admit that we have ugly prejudices in our minds and in our lives.
Around the world between every class and colour and condition, prejudice, hate, and fear hinder the coming of God’s kingdom the hearts and lives of people.
Jesus, heaven’s Master teacher, has a word for us at this point.
In His treatment of the Samaritan woman at the well, in John 4, Jesus crossed racial, gender, religious, and cultural barriers.
He did this to minister to one who was considered by many as a worthless, immoral derelict.
In Jesus’ kindness to her, He not only ministered to her but also taught His disciples that God loves Samaritans
B. In the experience with the ten lepers who were cleansed, Jesus revealed that praise and worship of those from this hated race was teasing to Him. (Luke 17:11-19)
We should extend acceptance to all who are acceptable to our Father God.
As we do so, we will experience not only the fellowship of God but the fellowship of His family as well.
C. In the parable of the good samaritan, our Lord revealed that the service of this hated foreigner was to be commended and was also to be imitated. (Luke10:29-37)
D. The conversion of the Roman soldier Cornelius is perhaps the most dramatic demonstration in all of the New Testament that reveals how God would have us relate to people of other colours, cultures, and conditions. (Acts 10 and 11)
As a result of this experience, Peter gave voice to a pronouncement that has revolutionary significance.
Acts 10:34-35 (ESV)
Gentiles Hear the Good News
34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality,
35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
Two entire chapters of the New Testament are given to the conversion of Cornelius and his family.
This is not accidental or incidental.
The living Lord through the ministry of the Holy Spirit was trying to teach His church some of the things that He had wanted to teach them during His earthly ministry.
The words of our text declare in Mark 6:1 n (ESV) “His disciples followed him.”
Are you willing to let Jesus, heaven’s Master Teacher, deliver you from ugly prejudice, destructive fear, and hate?
Only as we do so can He bring about the great salvation that can be ours right now.
Following Jesus begins with belief in Him and continues with listening to Him and obeying Him as heaven’s Master Teacher day by day.
Until next time
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