Read. Luke 4:14-21
14 Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news about him spread throughout the whole countryside. 15 He taught in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
16 Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been raised. On the Sabbath he went to the synagogue as he normally did and stood up to read. 17 The synagogue assistant gave him the scroll from the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to preach good news to the poor,
to proclaim release to the prisoners
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to liberate the oppressed,
19 and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.[a]
20 He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the synagogue assistant, and sat down. Every eye in the synagogue was fixed on him. 21 He began to explain to them, “Today, this scripture has been fulfilled just as you heard it.”
Reflect. Jesus is in his hometown of Nazareth and goes about his normal routine of going to synagogue on the Sabbath. This is a normal practice for the Jewish people in his community to do. While he is in the synagogue, one of the religious leaders gives him scripture to read. Everything seems pretty ordinary up until this point; remember Jesus is just another Jewish man reading scripture in the synagogue. Then he read these words from Isaiah that speak of bringing liberation to the marginalized. Following this, he rolls up the scroll and claims to be the fulfillment of this passage.
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