18 “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,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 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. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4.18-21 NIV)
How amazing would it have been to be in Galilee that day and realize the person sitting in front of you was the fulfillment of all that which you and your people had longed for. Years of waiting now being realized in this man. Yet, what Jesus WAS doing and what the people WANTED him to do were often in conflict. How hard would it have been to anticipate a Messiah, only to have him act contrary to your understanding of how he was to act?
Jesus gives a list of things he is accomplishing, an agenda of sorts, as spoken first by the prophet Isaiah. Would you characterize Jesus’ followers today as people doing the things on Jesus’ list? How can we do this better?
Why would Jesus’ comment about people outside the Jews being accepted into faith cause so much conflict? (vv. 24-30) In what ways are people still concerned about “outsiders” coming into the church?
Notice that Jesus is being led by the Spirit. In what ways do you allow yourself to be led by the Spirit? How helpful is this to a successful life of discipleship? How is this scary, at times?