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Have you ever made a serious misjudgment about something or someone? Listen to some of these misjudgments.

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. Thomas Watson, IBM Chairman, 1943

There is no reason that anyone would want a computer in their home. Ken Olson, President, Digital Equip. Corp, 1977.

I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable falling on his face and not Gary Cooper. Gary Cooper on his decision not to accept the leading role in Gone with the Wind.

Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground and try to find oil? You're crazy. Drillers who Edwin Drake tried to enlist for his project to drill for oil in 1859.

640K ought to be enough for anybody. Bill Gates, 1981.

Those are some pretty bad misjudgments. But they are insignificant compared to the misjudgment that Mark reports in Mark 6:1-6. In this passage, we see some people who made the ultimate misjudgment. They misjudged Jesus. In the process of misjudging him, they dishonored him. By dishonoring Him, they cut themselves off from God's blessing. As we look at this passage today, think with me about how we dishonor Jesus and what results that will bring to our lives.

I. We dishonor Jesus when we fail to accept His Lordship.

A. Familiarity displaces a sense of awe and worship.

1. The hometown crowd in Nazareth.

a. Isn't this Jesus the carpenter?

b. We know him and his family.

c. Where did he get all this stuff?

d. They refused his Lordship.

2. People today.

a. It is easy for us to get so used to talking, singing, and hearing about Jesus that we lose a sense of majesty and holiness.

b. This is reflected in many ways.

1) Worship - when the songs we sing get to the point where it makes little difference if you are singing about Jesus or your love for a spouse or girlfriend, we are too familiar.

2) Prayer - when you can pray with no sense of humility and inner awe for the holiness of Christ you are too familiar.

3) Speech - when you can use the Name of Jesus or things about him in a dishonoring way, it is too familiar.

B. Human assumptions outweigh divine authority.

1. The hometown crowd in Nazareth.

a. They had drawn their own conclusions about Jesus and would not be convinced.

1) He can't be so special. He's just a carpenter's son.

2) Where did he get the ability to do these things?

2. People today.

a. In our postmodern world, most people are willing to accept Jesus into the discussion about truth.

b. But it is the uniqueness of Jesus that is under attack. For example:

Jesus Seminar - accepts the factuality of Jesus as an important religious figure. Yet, they deny Him the unique claims made about Him in the gospels. Robert Funk, Seminar leader, said, "My glimpse is informed by, but bypasses the Jesus of the gospels- the Christ superimposed by the Evangelists on their own glimpse of the real Jesus. I am convinced that the New Testament conceals the real Jesus as frequently as it reveals him."

New Age - Jesus was a brilliant teacher. He tried to help people get in touch with their spiritual powers. He travelled in the far east and learned eastern philosophy which enabled him to become like God. He is one of many "christs" who reached a high level of spiritual power.


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Jim Ressegieu

commented on Jul 10, 2009

The story about Stanford University is not true--it is a figment of the internet imagination. See "History of Stanford." The Stanfords were wealthy (made money from railroads & other interests), they did visit Harvard & were well received by the president who gave them ideas re. starting a school in California. Their son died at the age of 15 from Typhoid (too young to have spent a year at Harvard).

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