But he passed through the midst of them and went away. Luke 4:30 NABRE
Jesus returns to His home town and enters the synagogue. In the synagogue He takes the scrolls and declares a year of jubilee, with liberty to captives and forgiveness. This proclamation upsets the others in the synagogue so much they want to take Him to the edge of town and throw Him off a hill to His death. But Jesus’ time has not come and He is able to pass right through them and goes away, perhaps never returning to His home town again. Jesus is aware that it is difficult for a prophet to be a prophet in their own home, or town. Jesus grew up with these people, they know His training and His family and they know He is just a boy from the neighborhood. Now this boy is declaring He is an agent of God and telling the people how to use the Hebrew Scriptures. There is no way anyone who saw this boy grow would ever accept His prophetic role, nor especially to see Him as the Son of God.
Jesus has a specific mission and a specific time when He will be brought to the end of His mission. This moment in Nazareth is not that time and so these people could not cause His death. It seems strange that many people push Jesus out of the synagogue to the edge of the hill and yet He is able to pass through their midst. So it is difficult to understand how Jesus so simply passes through them to freedom, except to understand this act is not ordained by God. If God chooses to resist or not acknowledge an action, it is likely not going to occur. This is an example where Jesus must go forward and so His death is not possible in this moment. God may not be involved in changing all actions but those He needs to continue to bring about a special mission, He certainly doesn’t allow.
Do you see God’s hand in saving Jesus in this moment? Is anything impossible for God?It is difficult to understand how Jesus so simply passes through the Nazareth townsmen to freedom, except to understand their act is not ordained by God. If God chooses to resist or not acknowledge an action, it is likely not going to occur. Click To Tweet
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