14 And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.
15 And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.
16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.
17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed,
19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
20 And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
22 And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”
23 And He said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’”
24 And He said, “Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown.
25 But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land;
26 and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
28 And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things;
29 and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff.
30 But passing through their midst, He went His way.
As 121cc, we are about leading people to live for Jesus Christ, and that starts with the people around us.
As the followers of Jesus, we must be focused on sharing with our friends, neighbors, and coworkers. People must hear the gospel to be set free.
Jesus began His ministry by proclaiming His purpose and sharing His message of freedom. God assigned the Messiah specific functions.
First, He came to preach good news to the poor.
Second, the Messiah came to proclaim freedom to the captives—those in the prison house of sin.
Third, recovery of sight to the blind took place through the Messiah. The healing of physical blindness brings a new perspective on life. The healing of spiritual blindness brings new life altogether.
Fourth, the Messiah arrived to set free the oppressed.
Fifth, the Messiah came to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Our ministry at 121 must reflect these same priorities. Starting with our friends, neighbors, and coworkers, and branching out into the world at large, we must proclaim the good news that sets people free to live for the glory of God.
- Why is it sometimes hardest to share the truth of the gospel with a family member or close friend?
- How should Jesus’ description of His mission in Luke 4 impact the mission of churches and believers today?
- How do you see its impact at our church?
Thank God for the freedom that comes from living in the gospel. Ask Him to show you the opportunities around you to proclaim that freedom to others.