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Day 5 - The Time Of The Lord’s Favor Has Come…

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Luke 4:14-30 (NLT)

Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. 15 He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”

20 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21 Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

22 Everyone spoke well of him and was amazed by the gracious words that came from his lips. “How can this be?” they asked. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

23 Then he said, “You will undoubtedly quote me this proverb: ‘Physician, heal yourself’-meaning, ‘Do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum.’ 24 But I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.

25 “Certainly there were many needy widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the heavens were closed for three and a half years, and a severe famine devastated the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them. He was sent instead to a foreigner-a widow of Zarephath in the land of Sidon. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, but the only one healed was Naaman, a Syrian.”

28 When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. 29 Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, 30 but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.

In previous verses, we learn that Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.  The Spirit of God was upon Him, which was revealed when Jesus was baptized.  Why did this all happen?  It is so the good news is preached to the poor, freedom is proclaimed for the prisoners, the blind see, the oppressed are released, and the year of the Lord’s favor is proclaimed.  Jesus declares that all of this is fulfilled in Him.

In the same way, we, as co-heirs with Christ, are anointed with the Holy Spirit to proclaim this good news to those around us and proclaim that it is fulfilled in Jesus Christ alone.  This good news is to be proclaimed to all, but all won’t accept it.  In the passage, we see the Israelites found the gospel to be offensive.  It was offensive enough that they were willing to kill.  If Jesus encountered this kind of opposition in proclaiming the gospel, we may at times encounter a hostile or unpleasant response to the proclamation of the gospel.  However, we are to freely offer the gospel to all regardless of the response because God’s heart is for none to be condemned or perish but for all to be restored and saved.

Responding to the Word

Let’s spend some time reflecting that we have been anointed to bring the gospel to all.  Let’s also spend time asking the Lord to open up opportunities for us to share the gospel.  Let’s ask God to fill us with His love so that we will have the courage to love another person by sharing the gospel regardless of what the response may be.

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Day 2 – Come and Seek the Lord

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