Thursday, July 26, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 11 Jesus Makes a Declaration

He Found Where it was Written - - -

Who is Jesus? Chapter 11  Jesus Makes a Declaration

We will consider some of the first things Jesus did as He began his earthly ministry. 
After Jesus overcame the temptations of Satan in the wilderness, the angels came and ministered to Him giving him strength.
Jesus was ready to begin His Ministry and He returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.  And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.  Jesus decided it would be good to return to his home town Nazareth.

Luke 4:16-19 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. 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:
               “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
               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;
               To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

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. And Jesus began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
What is interesting is when Jesus sat down, He did NOT return to His old seat.  History tells us there were two seats at the front of the synagogue, one of which was kept empty at all times because it was the seat reserved for the Messiah. This is the seat that Jesus sat in. He was demonstrating to the people that He was the Messiah.
The Religious leaders murmured at His words and actions, and Jesus declared that a Prophet is not recognized in his own town.  

As the leaders continued to listen to Jesus, they were filled with wrath, finally they grabbed Jesus and lead him out of the city as they planed to throw him off a high cliff. 

We are not told if Jesus disappeared, but for some reason he passed through the midst of them and went his way; coming down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days.  And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.  

And the fame of Jesus went everywhere, because He was casting out unclean spirits, healing the sick and preaching about His kingdom.  Those who believe on Jesus are entered spiritually into His kingdom, where there is peace for the mind, body and spirit.  

Are you ready to tell Jesus, "I am ready to come to you and be part of your kingdom?"  Today is a Good day to just simply make that decision.  Say Yes to Jesus.

1 comment:

Floyd Chaplin said...

I love that part of scripture where Jesus read Isaiah 61 in part then announced Who He was! You never hear the naysayers of Who Jesus was bring this up. This is as powerful a verse as to the identity of Christ in all of scripture as it relates to the prophecy of the OT. Great stuff!