He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read. Luke 4:16 NABRE
Jesus returns to Nazareth the place He grew up and attends synagogue as He has done most of His life. This synagogue is the place He learns scripture and most people know Him and His knowledge of Scripture. It is custom in the synagogue to ask for the scrolls of the Scripture and read something, Jesus asks for the scrolls on this particular visit. Luke writing this passage puts it at the beginning of Jesus’ public mission, because the passage Jesus reads is from Isaiah announcing the time of God’s promise when an anointed prophet will come. In the coming from God the anointed brings joy to the poor, liberty to captives, sight to the blind and the oppressed will have freedom. This is great news for many people at the time, more than half are in these groups and it becomes a jubilee year in which all debt is forgiven, like a restart. Jesus is saying His presence brings this moment. The people hearing His proclamation are surprised and offended. They know Jesus, He is the son of Joseph the carpenter and has lived in their village for many years, yet they do not know Him as a prophet. In this moment He becomes the anointed of God to them. Thought He is not believed, in time His presence changes the world.
Jesus lives His life anonymously to a point, realizing His call after many years of formation He does great things. We should not be surprised if we live our entire life before we are called to announce our prophetic being. We don’t understand God’s plan or timing, but we have a big role. When you feel called to announce something wonderful don’t let those who have known you your entire life dissuade you.
Do you trust in your role in God’s plan for the world? What is your prophetic call?We don't understand God's plan or timing, but we have a big role. When you feel called to announce something wonderful don't let those who have known you your entire life dissuade you. Click To Tweet
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