Today’s passage: Luke 4:14-30
- Jesus read from Isaiah 61. Whether they realized it or not, He had just announced Himself as the Messiah.
- When Jesus promised good, the people marveled and wondered how it could be that Joseph’s son could be this wonderful. When Jesus spoke truth of sin and rejection, the people were filled with wrath and tried to kill Him. Same people…only moments apart.
- Jesus came to a world that was spiritually impoverished, captive to their sin, blind to the truth, and oppressed under the curse. He is the Savior of the world.
Questions to consider:
- What kinds of messages and commitments were going to make these people happy? Is that much different than people in general today?
- What kinds of people did God help in the illustrations that Jesus used? The strong or the weak?
- What must a person come to realize before they can receive the good news of the Gospel? If you are already “good to go” what do you think Jesus ought to do for you? If you know you are hopeless and helpless on your own, what has Jesus done for you?