Summary: All of "live" in either Nazareth or Capernaum.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE? Luke 4:14-44 (God's Word translation)
How many people have lived in the Tri-Cities your whole life?
• How many of you live in the same house you got married in?
• How many of you live in the same house you were born in?
• I have figured out that I have lived in 17 cities, and lived in 21 different houses in 56 years (that’s living in a different house every 2.7 years)
Sometimes we are born into a family that lives in a certain place.
• Sometimes we move to a certain place because a job requires it or we are going to school there. (Add college then I add 2 more cities and 4 dorm rooms).
• Sometimes we move to somewhere because we moving back with family.
• Other times we move somewhere out of choice. People often retire to a place like Florida.
Two of the places that Jesus lived were two towns mentioned in our text.
• One place was his hometown of Nazareth. We can assume that he lived there over 25 years.
• The other place was the town of Capernaum (Matthew 4:13 tells us that Jesus went to live there after his baptism).
These two towns were different in a very important way.
• NAZARETH WAS RESISTANT TO JESUS
• BUT CAPERNAUM WAS RESPONSIVE TO JESUS
And I want to suggest to you today that, figuratively speaking, you live in one of these two towns.
• And I want to warn you that it is very possible to be a Christian, and still be resistant to Jesus.
In Luke 3 we read about the baptism of Jesus.
• In the beginning of Luke 4, we are told about the temptation of Jesus.
• After His baptism and temptation in the wilderness, Jesus began His public ministry.
Now we come to our text.
• Jesus will visit two towns where he lived or had lived. One was resistant to Jesus and the other was responsive to Jesus.
• My question is where do you live Spiritually?
• Do you live in Nazareth, resistant to Jesus or in Capernaum, responsive to Jesus?
• Let’s look at the difference: (we are going to take the scripture in sections)
I). WHAT HAPPENED IN NAZARETH?
A). THEY WERE FAMILIAR - Vv. 15-22 (read)
• Jesus gave a wonderful introduction of himself as Messiah through the presentation in the synagogue.
• Although the people admitted that they noted his gracious words, they couldn’t get past the fact that he was the son of someone that they knew.
• They thought that they knew Jesus well, but they didn't.
B). Today many have a similar problem.
• They’ve heard about Jesus all their lives ~ they’ve gone to church all their lives.
• But they really don't know Him. Mention Jesus, and they'll say, "Oh, I know who He is." ~ But they don't act like they know Him.
• They don’t want to learn more about Him: their excuse is "Oh, I've heard that before!"
C). Folks, we are in great danger when we get so familiar with Jesus that we take Him for granted or ignore Him.
• In Nazareth they were familiar & so they thought they knew Jesus.