Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Daily - 1/6/10

Luke 4:14-22

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region.

15 He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

16 He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read

17 and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:

18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,

19 and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord."

20 Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.

21 He said to them, "Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."

22 And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, "Isn't this the son of Joseph?"

This is a good passage to try and imagine.

Christ is becoming a star, with news of him spreading throughout the region. He goes to the synagogue, just as he had hundreds of times, but this time all eyes are on Him.

He grabs a scroll and reads. Then he says "Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."

How would you respond to that? To someone that you'd known for years, announcing that he has been anointed by the Lord? This had to have been pretty hard to believe. Maybe even impossible.