LUKE 4:14b–30 (NKJV) [also Matt. 4:13-17; Mark 1:14-15; John 4:43-46]
For Live@5 – August 9, 2021
14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. 15 And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.16 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,Luke 4:14-19
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.”
Jesus returned to the region of Galilee, came to Nazareth, and entered the synagogue on a Sabbath day, and took the scroll of Isaiah and read a Messianic prophecy of a coming One who would preach to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, and generally bring a good message of deliverance and healing to those in need. This epic appropriation of the prophecy of Isaiah into His own ministry set the stage for Jesus’ powerful ministry in the world. He let everyone know, in no uncertain terms, that He came to save the world, set up His kingdom, and assume the role of the Messiah which was rightfully His.
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?”Luke 4:20-30
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.
Once He finished reading the passage, He explained that the Scripture from Isaiah was fulfilled in Him. This assertion would surely bring the hostility of the Jews, who would not accept Jesus as their Messiah. Jesus compared them to the widow of Zaraphath, the leper Naaman, and others who were healed and ministered to by God and were thankful, as opposed to the ungrateful way that the Jews had and would react to Christ. In their indignation, they grabbed Jesus and purposed to throw Him off a cliff. But Jesus simply passed through them and went His way. This story shows the resistance to Christ that comes from hardened unbelievers, and from falsely pious religious people. Do not allow yourself to be counted in either camp. Instead, be a true disciple of Christ and accept Him and declare Him. His detractors will not be able to stop Him. His enemies will not be able to kill Him. Do not presume to fight against God. He always wins!