Jesus returns to Nazareth. Luke 4:16

After Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness and His great victory of overcoming satanic temptation, Jesus left the place of battle with the enemy. Victory was HIs. For a time. He went from there to Galilee. He was now the awaited Messiah and He began to teach in His new role… 

“He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised Him.” (Luke 4:15)

The Word goes on in 4:16 about Jesus arriving home. 

He went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue, as was His custom, He stood up to read, and 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 proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 

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. He began by saying to them, 

“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:16-21)  

Jesus went to the synagogue “as was His custom.” Obviously, Jesus was a great Teacher and had spoken in Nazareth many times before, but this was prior to stepping into His new role. The people he’d grown up with and among were not prepared to hear what He was about to tell them. 

Jesus had been quoting from Isaiah 61, as He read to them, where the Prophet spoke of the great things to come for Israel. At the current time they were still oppressed people. When He said “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing,” Jesus was proclaiming HImself as the One who was bringing this good news to pass. But the people He was speaking to were not yet able to grasp the concept. No doubt there was something different about this person they’d known since he was a child. But Isaiah’s prophecy had been passed down for hundreds of years by then. The idea that it was coming to pass in the form of one of their own…

We will see how His message was ultimately received and what happened then in Nazareth next week. Jesus always knew where He was going and what would happen. He was always prepared. May we seek to be as well. We will not always be as ready as He was, but let’s just ‘do the best we can’ as we go forth each day. Let us ask the Lord to walk with us in this “today” as we journey on. Let us tell all who will listen, as the Lord provides the way, and assure them that Jesus loves them and wants them with Him forever. “He is the way. He is the truth. He is the life.” May we always say ‘Yes’ to His Love.๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

We pray each week for those who are in battles they do not want. Let us continue to lift them up in prayer. May God be with each and every of them.๐Ÿ™

Remember to pray, too, for all of us who will be on the road this weekend. ๐Ÿ™ Millions are supposed to descend on Texas or the once-in-a-lifetime eclipse event coming Monday. Many people throughout the country will be attempting to see it. I will be on the road to officiate my brother-in-law’s funeral service traveling from Austin to Lewisville and back again in the midst of it. I know I have your thoughts and prayers. As you always have mine. Love to each of you.โค๏ธ

Poppa B.