June 26, 2020 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1971
#7 in series
SERVANT KING: What Does He Have to Do?
Capernaum had been His base of operations for some time – now He was headed home. Nazareth is about 25 miles southwest of Capernaum.
I. RIDICULE AND REJECTION (vv. 1-13)
According to Luke 4, Jesus had been rejected and evicted from the synagogue the previous year. He is now returning to give them another opportunity to hear the Word and be saved.
Unbelief has killed or stifled many a revival:
• Mark 1:27 – People in the synagogue asked, “What is this?”
• Mark 2:7; 4:41 – Some teachers of the law and even the disciples asked, “Who is this?”
• Mark 6 – Where and what are we looking at here?
II. REMEMBERING JOHN THE BAPTIST
Herod hears about what’s happening with these disciples. When he heard about what Jesus and His disciples were doing, he thought it was John the Baptist coming back from the dead to condemn him.
• 6:7-13 – The disciples are commissioned.
• 6:14-29 – John the Baptist is martyred.
• 6:30-32 – The 12 report back to Jesus.
In verses 14-16 the people and Herod came up with three “answers” as to what was happening:
1) He’s John risen from the dead.
2) He’s Elijah.
3) He’s a prophet like the prophets of old.
III. REST AWHILE
“If you humbly and honestly wait on the Lord and no trouble is revealed, then it is the devil, the accuser of the saints, who is trying to make you miserable. He will discourage and depress and confuse you if he can, for he is out to steal the joy of your salvation and keep you off the firing line occupied with yourself, ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth, always taking your own pulse and temperature. If God has revealed no point of rebellion, you must conclude that there is none, and then turn on the devil with the shield of faith and sword of the Word and order him off the premises. Don't let the mosquito accusations of the adversary cheat you out of enjoying the Lord.” – Vance Havner
Rest is necessary
1) For __ of the body
2) To __ our calling
3) To __ our talents
4) To __ on who we are in Christ
5) To __ our outlook
IV. RETURN TO MINISTRY
In verses 33-42, we see the story of the feeding of the 5,000. This is the only miracle found in all four Gospels.
While Jesus and the disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee (about 4 miles), the crowd ran about 10 miles around the north end and met them on the other side.
V. RECALCULATING THE SITUATION
A) In the storm
B) On the shore
This is the third summary passage (1:32-34; 3:7-12; 6:53-56), and it centers on the miracles and power of Jesus. In his book The Road Less Traveled M. Scott Peck begins with, “Life is difficult. . . . Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”