Success Is Not Measured by Acceptance by David Cawston

Success Is Not Measured by Acceptance
David Cawston
Mark 6:1-13

Introduction:
• Note Jesus was known in his own home town.
Even His family was known
He had step brothers and sisters.

3 "Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?" And they were offended at Him.

• Also note that it was not mentioned that He was the son of Joseph nor was Joseph even mentioned at all.

It was thought that Joseph had died years earlier.

It is interesting to note that Jesus was rejected by those that knew him most of his life.

When he came to his own home town to the ones he loved for years, his neighbors, friends, they rejected Him.

4 But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house."

So much so that even the power that had been demonstrated everywhere else could not be manifest in their presence.
5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.
6 And He marveled because of their unbelief.

You see it takes faith for God to work. That tells you something about the atmosphere of heaven!

Jesus' rejection was so powerful that he used it as an opportunity to teach his disciples 2 important things.
1. How to handle rejection and failure
2. What to do next!


1. How to handle rejection and failure
It is important to note that the failure that Jesus experienced here was not one that caught Him by surprise. He being all knowing had led His disciples back to his home town to teach them that they to would be rejected by those closest to them.

They would experience that in the years to come.
The reality of the verse
Luke 14:26-27
26 "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
27 "And whoever does not bear his c ...


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