Summary: Jesus rejected in Nazareth - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com
(1). They Are Offended By Jesus (vs 57a).
(2). They Dishonoured Jesus (vs 57b).
(3). They Refuse To Believe In Jesus (vs 58).
• George Campbell Morgan (9 December 1863 – 16 May 1945);
• Was a British evangelist, preacher and a leading Bible scholar.
• He was also twice the pastor of Westminster Chapel in London.
• If you read his books, even today they are acknowledged as quality works;
• They will if you take time to read them - bless ‘your socks off’.
• Although today we recognise him as a top Bible scholar;
• It wasn’t always that way.
• He was ordained to the Congregational ministry in 1890.
• Not only did he have to pass doctrinal examinations,
• But he also had to preach trial sermons.
• These trail sermons were not done in small chapels hidden away in the countryside;
• But in cavernous auditorium that could seat more than 1,000 people,
• Sat three ministers and 75 others who came to listen.
• When Morgan stepped into the pulpit,
• The vast room and the searching, critical eyes caused him to preach poorly.
• Two weeks later a list was published;
• Among the 105 REJECTED for the ministry that year was Campbell Morgan.
• Jill Morgan, his daughter-in-law, wrote in her book, A MAN OF THE WORD,
• “He wired to his father the one word, ‘Rejected,’
• And sat down to write in his diary: ‘Very dark everything seems. Still, He knoweth best.’ Quickly came the reply: ‘Rejected on earth. Accepted in heaven. Dad.’”
• TRANSITION: “Rejected on earth. Accepted in heaven”
• That is the title for my sermon this morning;
• And summaries this little section of verses in Matthew’s gospel.
• You may have noticed in your studies of Matthew’s gospel;
• The way he changes his style from section to section.
• So you have several chapters of narrative (or, story) about Jesus.
• Then, you have several chapters of didactic teaching by Jesus.
• Then, you have some more chapters of narrative about Jesus.
• Then, you are back again to Jesus teaching again.
• This narrative, teaching, narrative, teaching pattern;
• Seems to be the style of writing Matthew uses throughout the entire book.
• i.e. For instance, in chapters 1-4, we have a section of narrative,
• Which begins with the birth of Jesus;
• And continues on through the beginning of the ministry of Jesus.
• i.e. Then, in chapters 5-7, we have the Sermon on the Mount,
• In which Jesus teaches about perfect righteousness.
• i.e. In chapters 8 and 9, we are back to narrative again.
• We find Jesus roaming around the villages, healing many people.
• i.e. In chapter 10;
• We return to read of Jesus instructing His disciples.
• i.e. In chapters 11 and 12, we are back in a more narrative section.