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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.

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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.

We all 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",.... 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..... We do not want to miss out.....on what the Lord.... has in store..... for each of us.

We do not want to settle for less ......When we 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, ....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.


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