Triumph is Fleeting

Jesus, now full of the Holy Spirit, traveled to Galilee. News about him spread throughout the whole region. Everyone praised him…he taught in synagogues in the area. 

Until he went home to Nazareth and into another synagogue. He stood and read Isaiah 61:1-2. 

“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, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.

(Isaiah 61:1-2, NLT)

So far so good, right? Then Jesus sat down and said, “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!” 

Everyone praised him and said good things about him until someone said. “How can this be? “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

Jesus is quick to answer. “I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.”

And then he reminded them of Elijah and Elijah who didn’t heal in their own land but in the lands of foreigners. Basically, Jesus was saying, if you don’t believe me here, I will go somewhere else.

When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. 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, but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way. (From Luke 4:14-28, NLT)

Never be dismayed or discouraged by the opinions of others. Tell the truth of Jesus everywhere. 

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