The Carpenter from Nazareth
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
June 12, 2005
The first four books of the New Testament are referred to as "the gospels" and for good reason. The word "gospel" means "good news." And Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are all about the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Aren't you glad today that with all the bad news around ... that you can come to a place of worship like this to hear a Message that's good news!
Well .. the good news message this morning is found in Mark 6. So .. take your Bible and join me in the second book of the New Testament: the gospel according to Mark. It's here we find recorded the last time Jesus visited his home town of Nazareth.
Now you would think that a hometown hero like Jesus would have been welcomed with flags waving and trumpets blowing! You would think the Mayor of Nazareth would present Jesus with the Key to the City. Perhaps even declare a Jesus Day!
But as you're about to discover ... rather than receiving Him ... they rejected Him. That always happens when Jesus shows up!! He's either accepted or rejected. He's either welcomed in or run out of town. And you too must decide either for or against Jesus Christ.
Now the citizens of Nazareth would accept Jesus as the Carpenter ... but they would not accept Him as the Christ. They would accept Him as the son of Mary .. but they would not accept Him as the Son of God.
Well .. it's from Mark 6 that I want to talk to you this morning about ....
Now as Jesus arrives back to the town where He had grown up ... the first thing He finds is ...
(1) THE REJECTION OF THE PEOPLE.
Mark tells us in verse 2 that on the day of worship .. Jesus was at the place of worship: the synagogue! This was the same place his parents took him to worship as a young boy. Can't you see young Jesus attending Sunday School and worship and spending time with his friends learning the scriptures! What wonderful memories he had gr ...
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