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“Jesus' Approach”

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If we look objectively at all religious and historical figures one rises to the top; Jesus Christ.

We can make that claim based upon what He said and did.

We can make that claim based upon what He did not say or do.

Incomparable =Beyond comparison, matchless, peerless, without equal

What would you do if you had unlimited riches, power and wisdom?
What did Jesus do with all He had (has)?

A— He did nothing for His benefit. Instead, He did everything for ours!

John 1:11 NKJV He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

Why did Israel reject Him?

Luke 4:16-30 NKJV So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: 18 ″The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.″ 20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, ″Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.″ 22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, ″Is this not Joseph's son?″ 23 He said to them, ″You will surely say this proverb to Me, ′Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your country.′ ″ 24 Then He said, ″Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. 25 But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; 26 but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.″ 28 So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. 30 Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.

Why did Israel reject Jesus?
1. They were not who they thought they were.
2. He was not who they wanted Him to be.

Isaiah 53:1-4 NKJV Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

An honest review of Jesus begins with an honest appraisal of ourselves.