Summary: Part 1 of a 5 part sermon exploring what is forfeited by religious people who deny Jesus. When fault is found with God’s grace we forfeit...
WHEN FAULT IS FOUND—Luke 4:16-30
Traveler/Lost in desert of Saudi Arabia/He began walking—Thirsty—Feeling faint/Reduced to crawling/On the verge of passing out when he spies a tent about 500 yards in front of him.
Barely conscious, he reaches the tent & calls out, "Water..."
A Bedouin appears & replies sympathetically, "I am sorry, sir, but I have no water. However, would you like to have a tie?"
With this, he brandished a collection of exquisite silken neckwear.
"You fool," gasped the man. "I’m dying! I need water!"
"Well, sir," replied the Bedouin, "If you really need water, there is a tent about 2 miles south of here where you can get some."
The man summoned sufficient strength to drag himself to the other tent.
With his last ounce of strength he tugged at the door of the tent & collapsed.
Another Bedouin, dressed in a costly tuxedo, appears at the door & enquired, "May I help you sir?"
"Water..." was the feeble reply.
"I am very sorry sir, but you cannot come in here without a tie!"
The lost stranger forfeited a great deal because he found fault with the bedouin’s offer.
People forfeit a great deal when the find fault with God’s grace.
The synagogue of Nazareth despised the grace offered them in Jesus.
Religious people can find fault with God’s grace.
What is forfeited when God’s grace is rejected?
1—When fault is found we forfeit
“And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; ...”
Joseph & Mary—Birth foretold—Prophecies ofSimeon & Anna—12yrs./In temple astounding teachers—John-the-Baptist—Baptism...
Prior association with the word of God &/or Jesus.
2Tim. 1:5-6—“For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, & your mother Eunice, & I am sure that it is in you as well. And for this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”
Isa. 1:2-3—“Listen, O heavens, & hear, O earth; For the LORD speaks, “Sons I have reared & brought up, But they have revolted against Me. “An ox knows its owner, And a donkey its master’s manger, But Israel does not know, My people do not understand.””
Heb. 11:8-10, 13-16—“By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; & he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac & Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect & builder is God.”....“All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them & having welcomed them from a distance, & having confessed that they were strangers & exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.”