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“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.”
Home Town Hero
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The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19
The good news of the gospel does not belong only to us or to those we may believe are worthy. God is, and always has been, in the business of proclaiming release to the captives and good news to the poor and oppressed. This amazing grace has always caused some people’s blood to boil.
Jesus insists that God’s kingdom has always been for the outsiders at least as much as it is for the insiders. And here’s the thing, only because Jesus did that, by the grace of God, has this good news reached you and me.
So that you may hold out your hand, no matter where you are from, or what you have done, or what you have left undone. You may hold out your hand and feel the gospel, as you hear the words, “the body of Christ, given for you. The blood of Christ shed for you, for the forgiveness of your sin.”
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. When you read these verses, what grabs your attention? Does anything surprise you?
2. How does this passage relate to the world around us today?
3. Why do you think the people in Jesus’s hometown became so enraged at him?
Take a look at some of the ways the Lutheran church advocates for the poor and oppressed, here. There are lots of opportunities to add your voice to those calling for hope and justice as we respond to the Spirit of the Lord.