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Summary: There is a vegetable juice commercial that ends with the phrase "Wow, I could have had a V8. Beloved, do not settle for what the world has to offer, when you could have had Jesus. Updated July 2018.

For Those not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four Scripture passages read prior to the Message. Today's assigned passages are 2 Samuel 5:1-10; Psalm 48; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 and Mark 6:1-13.

Most of us have heard the old adage...... "Familiarity breeds contempt"... a saying that goes back as far as ... "Publius" the Syrian... in 2 BC. '

And we see in our Gospel text today ...... how this happened to Jesus... when he went back... to his hometown ...of Nazareth.

Beloved... "Familiarity breeds contempt" Hear me on this.

"Familiarity breeds contempt"... only ...with contemptible things... or among ...contemptible people.

The contempt shown by the Nazarenes... said nothing about Jesus Christ, ...but it said a great deal... about them!

I am convinced ...that most people... are not opposed ...to having people from their home town ...become successful ... or even famous.

Yet......we are so familiar ...with those we grow up with... that we often fail... to see the potential ...the greatness ...in them.

How often ...have we heard someone place a slur ...toward some successful person... that they knew in their youth...instead of rejoicing.

They seem to be surprised ...and even suspicious... of their success.

If we are not careful... we could miss much ...of what is important in life... if we have... a limited vision. (Pause)

There was a vegetable juice commercial... where someone would drink a soda ...or some other juice.

And then realize ...that they had missed out on something better.

The commercial would end, ..."Wow... I could have had ...a V8.

That was a catchy phrase ...but when it is applied to life... it can be ...very sad.

We must have an open heart... to the movement of God.

You do not want to miss out...on what the Lord... has in store... for each of you.

Do not want to settle for less ......When you could have had Jesus. (Pause)

In our text...Jesus returns to Nazareth ...where a year before ......He had been... rejected by the people... and evicted from the synagogue (Luke 4:16--30).

It was certainly an act of grace on His part... to give the people ...another opportunity ...to hear His word.

Another opportunity ... To believe, ...Another opportunity to be saved.

Yet their hearts ...remained hardened.

They could have had Jesus ...but they chose unbelief.

In the previous chapter... Mark records how Jesus had performed... great miracles ... throughout the Region.

He had healed A man... possessed by a legion of devils. (Mark 5:1-20)

He had raised Jairus' (Jair-us) 12 year old daughter from the dead (Mark 5:21-43).

And now in our Gospel Text ...we see Jesus' returning home...to Nazareth.

Our Lord had come away from the crowds... in order to find rest.

Our Lord's reputation ...had once again preceded Him, ...so He was permitted ...to teach... in the synagogue.

We read: 1. BIBLE "On the Sabbath ... he began to teach in the Synagogue ... and many who heard him ... were astounded" END (Do Not Put Bible Down) (Mark 6:2).

Mark does not actually tell us... what flamed the controversy.

Instead ... judging by the response ...he leaves us with the impression ... that what Jesus taught ... must have touched the core of their souls.

For we read how the Nazarenes responded:

BIBLE "Where did this man get all this?"... "What is this wisdom that has been given him? ..... What deeds of power are being done by his hands! ... Is not this... the carpenter, ...the son of Mary ...and brother of James, Joses, Judas and Simon ...and are not his sisters here with us?"...And they took offence ... at him." END (Mark 6:3)

They were offended by Him.

The contrast between a peasant carpenter of Galilee ......who had earned His daily bread ...by the sweat of His brow.

With the Person... who delivered those wonderful discourses ...and performed those miracles, ...was too much... for His townspeople.

Remember the Nathanials words when he heard that Jesus came from Nazareth?

"Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" (John 1:46)

It was a town ... with less than a stellar reputation.

They took offense ......they were astonished... The Greek verb is ek-ples-so ... means "to strike out, ... to expel by ...a blow...".

The verb is imperfect, ...indicating that this condition of being beside themselves ... continued ...for some time.

Their astonishment was so great... that their composure ...was exhausted.

The discourse ...and the miracles of our Lord ...struck them so forcibly... that they were astonished ...to the point of losing control... of themselves.

And in this state of unbelief ......they brought ...no one to Jesus ...therefore ...no miracles could occurred.

They could have had Jesus ...but they chose unbelief.

What was in Jesus' teaching... that generated... so much heat...So much discourse ... with the people?

One of the great blessings...... of having four Gospels ...is that many of the incidents... in the life of Jesus ...appear in more than... one.

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