Then Jesus, in the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and news about him spread throughout the surrounding countryside.
He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by all.
Now Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read,
and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and the regaining of sight to the blind,
to set free those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down.
The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him.
Then he began to tell them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled even as you heard it being read.”
All were speaking well of him, and were amazed at the gracious words coming out of his mouth.
They said, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”
Jesus said to them, “No doubt you will quote to me the proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ and say, ‘What we have heard that you did in Capernaum, do here in your hometown too.’ ”
And he added, “I tell you the truth, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.
But in truth I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s days, when the sky was shut up three and a half years, and there was a great famine over all the land.
Yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to a woman who was a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.
And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha,
yet none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”
When they heard this, all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage.
They got up, forced him out of the town, and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff.
But he passed through the crowd and went on his way.
Version: based on NET Bible
good news to the poor.
release to the captives
regaining of sight to the blind,
set free those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour
Every 50 years, according to the law God gave to the nation of Israel, there was a year of forgiveness and freedom
every debt was forgiven, every captive released, the poor were given back all the land they once owned
That ancient law was given to you as a picture of what one day would happen,
now it’s happening for real!
Then he began to heal and to free people from demons
They had a choice:
believe him—and there was lots of evidence
or not accept him
to start with they believed him
then they said “hang on, this is just Joseph’s son...”
What’s special about Jesus?
So how would you answer them if you were Jesus ??
Maybe do a miracle, or explain how although he was 100% human he was also God?
No! he made no attempt to convince them
He just told them a couple of stories which made them so angry they tried to kill him
And this was almost his very first sermon!
Elijah was God’s prophet to the nation of Israel
They were very proud of him—the greatest of prophets
When there was a famine, he did a miracle to supernaturally provide food for a widow