My notes from Colin Smith’s session at TGC13′s national conference, “His mission: Jesus in the gospel of Luke.” (All notes are paraphrased.)
The events of Luke 4:16-30 take place early on in Jesus’ ministry. Word of His ministry in Galilee had already spread through the area, and os this is taking place about a year in. This is a town where folks played with Jesus as a child, who maybe had a table mended by Jesus… And we’re told it was Jesus’ custom to worship here.
When someone becomes famous, it’s a big deal for a small town. And this great day comes, after all the stories have been circulated, Jesus is coming back to town, and no doubt word circulated so much so that there would have been a really big crowd.
We all know how dead religion can be—but this day was different. The pattern would have likely been the same as always, right up to the reading from the Prophets. And Jesus stood and chose to read from Isaiah 61, and this is what he read:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives… to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
He rolls up the scroll and sits down. The people, with bated breath, turn wondering what he’s going to say and he says, “Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
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