And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. Luke 4:16-21
What is the gospel or the good news of Jesus Christ? The Lord makes it clear hear by reading the prophecy of Isaiah 61, to tell the good news to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to deliver the captives, to make the spiritually blind see, to make the all free from sin and death! The gospel was foretold by the prophet Isaiah, and Jesus fulfilled it all
Now when Jesus said “Today this scripture has been fulfilled” this caused an uproar in Nazareth. Why? Because Jesus was declaring that He is the long awaited Messiah, He is the Son of God who became flesh, He is the one all the prophets including Isaiah was talking about! Instead of the religious leaders rejoicing that the Messiah has come, their hearts were hardened, and their ears were closed and they rejected the Christ
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son? And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. Luke 4:22-27
Who does Jesus think he is? Isn’t this Mary and Joseph’s Son? Isn’t he the carpenter’s boy from Nazareth? Yes the carpenter’s Son is also the Son of God! As Jesus said “No prophet is accepted in his hometown” Because of their lack of faith, they seen a lack of healing and miracles.
And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way, Luke 4:28-30
The religious leaders were furious with Jesus, and even tried to kill him after the service by throwing him over a hill, talk about a bad worship service! However they forgot Jesus is the Son of God and walked through them! How sad , Jesus presented them with all the evidence that He is the Messiah, yet they not only rejected him but tried to kill him!
Since Jesus suffered , we should expect to suffer also! Don’t expect to be a “Hometown Hero” for preaching the gospel, many will resist, many will try to discredit you, but remember its all about glorifying our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Amen!