Jesus was accepted by some and rejected by others. But the oftentimes amazing coincidence is that those, who rejected Him were those who were closest to Him!


 

Jesus was accepted by some and rejected by others. But the oftentimes amazing coincidence is that those, who rejected Him were those who were closest to Him! He didn’t do any miracles before them, because of their lack of faith. Jesus had to leave Nazareth because the people there not only rejected Him, they would have killed Him, just because He spoke the truth to them.

Many think that if we are born into what is considered a Christian land, or family, we are qualified to be called Christians. But this is altogether wrong! Most of the existing knowledge of Jesus is extremely shallow and is greatly corrupted with erroneous views, with respect to His teaching and also His mission. Let us not be likewise: when we see the great miracles of life that are done for us, when we hear Christ’s words of truth and , it’s  time to repent and trust Him with our lives!

In the Gospel, Jesus speaks about a passage from Isaiah 61 being fulfilled in the presence of these believers, but even these words from Isaiah also have a relevance for each of us now and in every aspect of our lives. The word “gospel” literally means “good news”. Isaiah had prophesied that the Messiah would come in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring freedom to those oppressed by sin and evil (see Isaiah 61:1-2). Jesus came to set people free from the worst tyranny possible – the tyranny of slavery to sin and the fear of death, and the destruction of both body and soul. God’s power alone can save us from emptiness and poverty of spirit, from confusion and error, and from the fear of death and hopelessness. The gospel of salvation is “good news” for us today. Do you know the joy and freedom of the gospel?

The first part of Jesus’ ministry was preaching the Good News of God’s imminent reign, healing bodies and souls, driving out demons, and feeding people physically and spiritually, and this is what He is doing here in the early part of Luke.  In a later phase of that same ministry, however, Jesus sends each of us to do the same thing, to bring Isaiah’s words — and those of Jesus himself — to fulfillment in our own lives.

So do we go out to all the outcasts, do what we can to mend the broken, and feed those who hunger either physically or spiritually?  Are we a light in the darkness, hope for the lost, good news to all those around us?

Is Jesus the Word alive in us?  Is Scripture, the word of God brought to life by the Spirit, also alive in us in that same presence of Christ?  Do we seek and embrace that fact by our reading and studying Scripture and our trying to follow that Spirit?

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