Jesus, the Man from Nazareth, Has Fulfilled All Prophecy

Jesus, the Man from Nazareth, Has Fulfilled All Prophecy

It’s safe to say that Jesus ruffled a few feathers during his time on Earth – through no fault of his own of course. Our stubborn, human nature was and still is rather resistant to the Gospel message.

During his ministry, he went to the temples to show how he was the Messiah, the long-ago promised one. But the priests and teachers of the law didn’t want to hear it. Instead, they chased him out of town and wanted to throw him off a cliff!

The priests and teachers at the time didn’t like what they saw in Jesus. They wanted an earthly ruler, a Savior who would reward them for all their good deeds. Instead, they got a humble man from Nazareth, standing in their court, pointing out to them how he fulfilled each and every prophecy of the Old Testament.

The Gospel is contrary to our corrupted, human nature. We crave Law and justice. Instead, Jesus grants us love and all-encompassing forgiveness. Thanks be to God for his mercy!

Today’s sermon is from Luke 4:

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked. 23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’” 24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

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