Monday, January 28, 2019

Luke 4:14-21

After soundly defeating the temptor out in the wilderness, the Holy Spirit empowered Jesus to return to the region of Galilee. Reports of his activity spread like wildfire across the countryside; 15 and everyone was singing his praises as he taught in the various synagogues throughout the region.

16 Jesus returned to his hometown of Nazareth and on the Sabbath day he went as usual to the synagogue, where he stood up to read scripture. 17 The assistant handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Jesus unrolled it until he found chapters 58 and 61, where he read:
18 The Lord’s Spirit is in me,
Indeed he has anointed me -- chosen and dispatched --
to preach good news to the poor,
to proclaim a prisoner release
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to liberate those who have been oppressed,
19 and to announce the arrival of the era when the Lord’s generosity will be on display.
20 Jesus stopped reading, rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the synagogue assistant, and sat down on the teacher’s seat. Every single eye in that synagogue was fixed on him -- eager for Jesus’ sermon. 21 But all he said was, “This is an historical moment, for just as you were hearing me read it, the scripture was fulfilled.”