Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.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: 14-21
- What does it mean that Jesus returned to Galilee “in the power of the Spirit”?
- Jesus knew the Old Testament well and he could have picked any verses to read as he started his public ministry. Why did he pick these ones?
- Reread the passage out of Isaiah the prophet in the verses above and reflect on the values Jesus focused on in his ministry and mission.
- Jesus said Isaiah’s promise was “fulfilled” in him. If you were in the room that day, what would your response to Jesus’ declaration have been? Is it any different now? Why or why not?
“Father thank you for coming through and fulfilling your promises in the way you did – through Jesus! Thank you for bringing the good news of hope and freedom to me! Where would I be without you taking the first step? Use me to proclaim to others all that you have done for me. Amen.”