Jesus returned to his hometown of Nazareth. On the Sabbath, he went into the synagogue just like he normally did. But this time he blew his homies’ minds:
And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.
Jesus announces that he’s the Messiah promised long ago by Isaiah and outlines his mission statement. Let’s read these words again. He’s empowered by the Holy Spirit to:
- bring good news to the poor
- proclaim freedom for the imprisoned
- give sight to the blind
- release the oppressed
- announce the year of the Lord’s favor
It’s the dawning of a new era for the world’s suffering multitudes. Things will never ever be the same.
Notice the crowd’s reaction. They’re amazed. They say nice things about him.
That won’t last long. Tune in tomorrow to see why.
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