Bible Passage: Luke 4:14-21
Select Verses: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; … Then He closed the book … And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:18-21 NKJ)
Have you ever looked forward to something for so long that you wondered if it was ever going to actually happen? Perhaps it was a wedding, graduation, promotion, or birth of a baby. The wait turned from anticipation…to perseverance…to wondering if it would ever happen! And then, seemingly all of a sudden, BOOM, it happens and it’s here.
When Jesus was handed the Isaiah scroll and read the above passage, some in the room probably had that feeling. They had heard of a Messiah for so long, that some wondered if he would ever come. They probably had begun to doubt their understanding of the Scriptures and the teaching about a Messiah. And then, on a normal day at the Synagogue, this new teacher sits down reads a promising passage about the Gospel, liberty, and healing – and says, “Yup – this is happening right now.” What? Awesome!
Of course we know that some were thrilled and some were not. Those looking for a deliverer were excited. Those that were in authority or who wanted to continue in a sinful lifestyle were not. Regardless of their readiness, Jesus was there and the wait was over. Centuries of expectations were met.
Each of us has expectations, needs and problems we wake up with every day. There’s no need to give examples, you could make your own three foot list. We are looking for the “answer” to the issues we face in life. Jesus’ statement above makes it pretty clear that he is aware of everything we face; and while it may seem like an over-simplification, the Gospel is the answer to not only our sin problem, but every situation in life. The deeper we look into his life and message the more apparent it becomes.
What situation in your life is most pressing? Look into Jesus’ message and see what his answer is for it.