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I wonder if you have ever thought about how popular Jesus was in his day. The impression we get at times is that he was loved by everyone right up until his rejection by the Jewish authorities, his prosecution by the Roman authorities and his ultimate death of crucifixion.

From the early days of his time on earth, the Lord Jesus was excluded and rejected. There is a considerable period (from age 12-30) where we have very little information about the behaviour and activities of the Lord Jesus.  We do, however, have the commentary of God, the Father, when he publicly spoke from heaven (which was a very unusual thing to do) and said he was delighted with His Son. This indicated that though there is scant information about these eighteen years, there is nothing in that period (or any other period for that matter) that displeased His Father, God.

Let me discuss with you his exclusions – some specific examples relate to Bethlehem, Nazareth, Gadara and Jerusalem.

Bethlehem – even before the Lord Jesus was born he was excluded. Mary and Joseph had travelled ninety miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem. The scriptures record that Mary’s pregnancy came to full term, she brought forth her firstborn son, she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger…..because there was no room for them in the inn. Why – no room? Was it just too busy? Was it something about Mary and her pregnant condition? We are not told, but we know that there was no room. Excluded!

Nazareth – you should read the story for yourself; this is found in Luke 4.16-30. Jesus returns to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. To live all of your life in one place is getting more unusual in the modern world but it was very normal for many years. They would have known Jesus well in Nazareth. I sometimes wonder if they had many unanswered questions about him for he was unique and special in so many ways. He had always gone to the Synagogue and so going on this particular Sabbath day was not unusual. He rises to read, his reading grips the attention of the congregation and they sit spellbound hanging on to his every word. What we know now is that this was the author giving a reading of his book at a private sitting, no wonder they listened so well. When the reading is completed, he makes a statement ‘today is this scripture fulfilled in your ears’. What is he saying? He is claiming that the bible was written about him and that he is fulfilling it before their eyes. They can’t get their heads around it. Is not this Joseph’s son we hear them reply. I will not recount the rest of the incident, but the end of the story is this. The people are angry with Jesus, they rise as one man and expel him from Nazareth with the intention of either killing him or physically hurting him. Excluded!

Gadara – The rejection and exclusion of the Lord Jesus this time is not because of what he claimed but because of what he did. Read about in Mark 5. The Lord arrives in the region of Gadara. He meets a man who can only be described as out of his mind. He is demon possessed, naked, lives in a graveyard, excluded from society and a danger to his community. To keep the story short – he is healed by the Lord Jesus. When the people from the local town come out to see what is going on, they find the previously wild man – sitting, clothed and in His right mind. You would think that they would love the Lord Jesus. They can sleep easy again, things can get back to normal…but. They discover that 2000 pigs had been destroyed in the process of healing the man. They had lost money over this man’s healing, and they were not happy, so they beg the Lord Jesus to leave their region. Excluded!

Jerusalem – It was in this city where he should have been enthroned as King of Israel that he was finally rejected. The current leadership deemed him a threat to their power and position, and they could not risk the consequences of ignoring him. If you read John 11.50 they make it sound quite a prudent move when they state that ‘one man should die for the people…that the whole nation perish not’. This statement was more accurate than they ever imagined. The Lord Jesus would not only die to save a nation but to save a world of men and women in need of his rescue plan of salvation. The intentions of the rulers all came together when the general public was persuaded to reject the Lord Jesus and demand his execution (John.19.15). He was condemned to the death of the cross. Excluded!

So how about you and I? Will we continue to exclude Him. If we do, he will be forced to exclude us on the day of judgement (Matt.25.41) and consign us to eternal punishment for not only breaking God’s law but refusing his great salvation (Heb.2.3). When he comes in judgement on the world, there will be no place to hide, no room for us (Rev.6.14-17).

The good news is He still saves those who call out for salvation (Romans.10.13). An acknowledgement of our sin and resting on the Lord Jesus for salvation is all that is required for you to know the blessing of God’s forgiveness and salvation.

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DOING BUSINESS BY THE BOOK

  1. WHAT BOOK – The Bible 

  1. WHY – BECAUSE GOD’S WORD IS OUR GUIDE FOR LIFE

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

  1. WHY – BECAUSE GOD’S WORD SPECIFICALLY TEACHES ABOUT EMPLOYMENT 

THE WORK ETHIC – 


WORK IS NORMAL


WORK IS TO PROVIDE FOR FAMILIES

WORK EXISTED BEFORE SIN

Genesis 2:15 ‘to dress it and to keep it’ plus 1:28

2 Thess 3:6-12 – Verse 10 – If a man does not work neither shall he eat

  1. PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS 

Faithfulness and Trustworthiness (Luke 16/Heb 3:2,5/2 Cor 4:2)

Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much… 

Luke 16:11 Who will commit to your trust true riches. 

  1. EXAMPLES OF BUSINESS

1 Samuel 25 – Nabal  – a bad example

Matthew 20:1-16 – On keeping your word

Luke 12:15-21  – Greed and forgetting God

Nehemah – Leadership (Nehemiah 4)

Moses – Jethro and Moses on delegation (Exodus 18)

Boaz (Ruth 2)

Ruth 2:4 The way he greets his employees 

Ruth 2:8 He had instructed the young women

Ruth 2:9 He had charged the young men

  1. SPECIFIC PASSAGES ABOUT WORK

Ephesians 6:5-8 Employees

Ephesians 6:9 Bosses

Colossians 3:22-25 Employees

Colossians 4:1,2,5,6 Bosses

1 Timothy 6:1-3 Employees & Bosses

Titus 2:9-11 

HOW WE WORK IS A PROOF OF SALVATION

Titus 2:10 Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

PURLOINING – 3557. νοσφζω nosphízō; fut. nosphísō, from nósphi (n.f.), apart, separated. In the NT, only in the mid. nosphízomai, to embezzle, keep back something which belongs to another (Acts 5:2, 3; Titus 2:10; Sept.: Josh. 7:1). Applied by Greek writers to embezzlement of public treasures.

Syn.: kléptō (G2813), to steal; aposteréō (G0650), to deprive by fraud.

Ant.: euergetéō (G2109), to do good.

FIDELITY – 4102. πστις pístis; gen. písteōs, fem. noun from peíthō (G3982), to win over, persuade. Faith. Subjectively meaning firm persuasion, conviction, belief in the truth, veracity, reality or faithfulness (though rare). Objectively meaning that which is believed, doctrine, the received articles of faith.

  1. PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

James 4:13-17 If The Lord will

1 Timothy 6:10 The love of money

  1. USING YOUR WEALTH

1 Timothy 6:6-8 Be content 

1 Timothy 6:9 Beware

1 Timothy 6:17 Trust God not wealth 

1 Timothy 6:18 Use your wealth for others 

1 Timothy 6:19 Invest in the future




Why are Christians are so convinced that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Well you might ask, it’s an excellent question.

Our belief is laid on a very solid foundation. First of all we believe in divine revelation not just human discovery. In fact to learn about something outside of our sphere of experience we all accept we need information from a trustworthy source. If you are serious about discovering the truth – check the Bible out. It is a trustworthy source. Read it, check it’s sources, speak to those who believe it, look at it ‘s accuracy in every sphere it touches. There can only be one answer to the question of the origin of a book that was written over one thousand five hundred years by forty different authors, many of whom did not even know each other. The Bible is God’s message to mankind.

Secondly check the facts concerning Jesus Christ. There are over three hundred signposts (biblical predictions/prophecies) which point to him. The chances of them all being fulfilled precisely in the life of one person, at the right time, in the right place are mindblowing odds apart from this fact – God planned it and implemented His plan in a person – His Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible predicts the mode of his conception, the place of his birth, his exile into Egypt, the slaughtering of the innocents, the gifts from the magi and lots more.

Finally look at the prediction about the way that Jesus would die. Psalm 22 and Isaiah 52 describe the horrific death of God’s Son a cross. Death by crucifixion was unknown when Psalm 22 was written about 1000 years before the death of Jesus but God knew that was the way that His Son would die.

In closing please listen again to the words of the angels who announced the birth of the Lord Jesus ‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord’. Is he your Saviour? He died ‘for our sins’. He suffered ‘the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God’. Will you rest by faith on what the Lord Jesus did to save your soul?