Summary: Jesus rejected in Nazareth - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(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.
• Jesus was performing miracles, but being rejected by many.
• i.e. In chapter 13, we have been in a teaching environment again,
• As He teaches the parables.
But please notice that these sections haven't been disjointed:
• They have all focused their attention upon Jesus Christ.
• And in particular, they have focused their attention upon Jesus Christ as the King.
• i.e. In chapter 1, Jesus was born as a king.
• i.e. In chapter 2, Jesus was worshiped as a king.
• i.e. In chapter 3, John the Baptist prepared the way for the king.
• i.e. In chapter 4, Jesus defeated Satan's temptations.
• i.e. In chapters 5-7, Jesus taught about His kingdom.
• i.e. In chapter 8-9, Jesus demonstrated His authority as a king.
• i.e. In chapter 10, Jesus sent His disciples to proclaim the nearness of His kingdom.
• i.e. In chapters 11-12, we see the kingdom of Jesus face opposition.
• i.e. In chapter 13, Jesus again taught about the nature of the kingdom.
• The king was among them;
• But sadly many people they failed to recognise him!
• At the start of the gospel (chapter 2 verse 2) we read:
• “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?”
• And at the end of his gospel we read the words ailed to the cross (chapter 27 verse 37);
• “…this is Jesus, the king of the Jews.”
• Note: And although he was “King of the Jews”
• Remember they wrote that inscription in three languages - Greek, Latin and Hebrew.
• Latin was the official language of the Roman Empire.
• Hebrew was the religious language of the Jews.
• Greek was the international language of the then known world
• Jesus may be a Jewish king but he is relevant for all people;