From Pastor Perry

05/09/2013 Luke 4:16-22

Luke 4:16–22 (ESV)
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
    18     “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
        He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
    19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth.

So, Jesus heads back to his hometown and He gets to read the scroll in front of his homeboys.  They hand him the scroll and he reads it, and everyone marveled. And that is all she wrote!  Good night or good morning!   That is my I’m tired writeup.  But that sure would be missing a lot!.  First of all, Jesus is accustomed to going to the synagogue on the Sabbath.  He was qualified to read.  The scroll is handed to him.  Most likely, he did not pick the reading, but it was the assigned reading for the lectionary for that Sabbath.    A lectionary is a list of readings assigned to each day and are usually on a one year or three year cycle.   What is interesting is not that Jesus read, but it is what he read.  He read from Isaiah and what he is reading is about himself.  Jesus is the fulfillment of that reading.  Listen to what he is reading.

18     “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
        He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
    19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

The people are marveled and Jesus knows what he just said. In fact, Jesus let’s them know what’s going on when he says “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”  Jesus is the Messiah and he points out that he is the fulfillment.  I remember back in the 70's, there was a movie called “O God”.  George Burns plays the part of God and there is a scene where he is being sworn in as a witness in the courtroom and he says “so help me Me!”  If you don’t know how that is supposed to be said, it is “so help me God”.  In today’s reading, he reads the Bible about himself.  How cool, and how fitting.  Coincidence?  No!  I pray: O Lord, Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah... and he is my Savior.  I am marveled by who you are and what you have done for me.  Thank you for delivering me from darkness and making me a child of God.  Amen.

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