Summary: God has a plan! No matter what we go through or what we face. Let us never be found not believing in God for the miracle. This sermon deals with having faith right to the end. Taking the bull by the horns and not letting go kind of faith.
Title: Taking The Bull By The Horns
Text: Mark 6:1-6
- God has a plan!
- And His plan is that the Toronto Maple Leafs and not going past the Philadelphia Flyers.
- In life God has a plan, and I think it’s fair to say that most of the time I don’t understand God’s plan for my life, my family, or my health etc.
- We have all experienced death and the questions that are left from loved one.
- Questions like "Why"
- Why is she/He hanging on, and what is God’s reason for doing this? Basicly what is God’s plan.
- And although we may never no sometimes why God does the things He does, we must always remember that God has a plan.
- This morning in our text we see that God had a plan for His hometown and for the world, but at the time His hometown didn’t know the plans God had for them and it cost them.
- Not only did they not know God’s plan, they didn’t want to know God’s plan.
- They viewed Jesus as an amazing teacher, but some thought of Him as to ordinary for them to think He was the Messiah. Certainly this can’t be God in the flesh!
- All they could see Jesus as was nothing more then just a carpenter.
- Also when the towns people used the phrase “Mary’s Son” it was an insult to Jesus, why?
- Because a man was not described as his mother’s son in Jewish usage even if she was a widow. It was an insult to be referred to as a mother’s son.
- So there word’s only meant insults, because perhaps they knew there was something unusual about Jesus’ birth.
- Therefore since the townspeople could not explain Jesus, they took offense at Him, finding no reason to believe He was God’s Anointed One.
- One might ask, If Jesus being God knows all, why would He go back to His hometown, only to be rejected and insulted?
- Because God has a plan. God still gives us a chance to respond to Him, and He does so in His hometown.
- Jesus plan or purpose for going back to His hometown was to perform miracles in the presence of faith.
- Jesus not doing any miracles or that He couldn’t do any miracles in Nazareth does not mean a restriction on His power. Rather, Jesus could have done greater miracles in Nazareth, but He chose not to because of the people’s unbelief. Unbelief that amazed Him.
- Jesus mighty works were meant to further the Kingdom of God, not try to convince a group of stubborn people who had already thoroughly rejected Him.
- To do miracles would be of no value because the people did not accept His message or believe that He was from God.
- Now only a few had faith to come to Him for healing.
- But as far as it is known, He never returned to Nazareth after He went on His way.
- I don’t want to be a person who doesn’t believe God’s plan for my life.
- I don’t want to be a person who doesn’t have faith in God for the impossible.
- The Bible says, that I am saved if I call on the name of the Lord.
- The Bible says, to ask of Him and I will give the nations, that means salvation.
- The Bible says, by His stripes I am healed. That means I can ask Him for healing.
- The Bible says, whom the Son sets free is free indeed, that means deliverance.
- The Bible says, I am a new creation in Christ Jesus, the old is gone and new has come, that means my past is forgotten and I have a brand new start in God.
- The Bible says, that I have victory over the enemy, that noting is impossible for those that believe, what are you believing for, what are seeing from God’s perspective?
- I know what the enemy sees, “Death, stealing of joy, defeat, fear, lack of faith, blindness from the things of God and from the Word”
- It’s time for us as a church to start seeing ourselves the way that God sees us, with victory, stop looking at yourselves the way the enemy sees you.
- God sees victory, victory and more victory.
- What if God doesn’t answer my prayer? Then God has a plan for you, that does not meet your way of thinking.
- But don’t let the reason that God didn’t answer be credited as a lack of unbelief or a lack of faith.
- God may not answer the way we think He should answer. But we keep un believing anyway, never doubt what God can do through you.