READ: LUKE 4:14-21

 

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.”

 

Read: Devotional

 

Every child is a promise. New. A beginning. Then comes the journey of life, with its joy, suffering, frustration, success, failure, and learning. What will the baby grow to become? A great leader? A talented athlete? A person of character? A scoundrel?

 

Jesus was a baby in Bethlehem—with his human life ahead of Him. And we can learn about some of that from the writers of the Gospels. But there is more to come. In fact, the story of Jesus is just getting started. It will last for eternity.

 

Have you ever “cherry-picked” the Bible? Have you ever skipped over parts you didn’t understand, or like, to find something better suited to your situation? Well, you’re not alone. It’s an old game. In fact, it’s the most significant reason so many people rejected Jesus as the Messiah 2,000 years ago, despite all the miracles and evidence to the contrary.

 

The Old Testament (written before Jesus came) is filled with prophecies about the Messiah—the great deliverer.  They fall into two clear categories. Some of them speak about a great ruler who will defeat the armies of men and establish an everlasting kingdom. Then there are other scriptures that talk about a suffering man—a rejected leader—a man of sorrows.

 

From our vantage point all these centuries later, we can sort it all out. We see how the suffering savior stuff had to do with the FIRST coming of Jesus. And we can see how there remain some prophecies to be fulfilled when Jesus comes again!

 

REFLECT:

 

  • Are there things in the Bible I tend to avoid because they confront something lacking in my life

    or make me feel uncomfortable?

     

  • What were people looking for in a Messiah 2,000 years ago?

     

  • What were people looking for in a Messiah 2,000 years ago?

     

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