16 耶穌來到拿撒勒，就是他長大的地方。在安息日，照他平常的規矩進了會堂，站起來要念聖經。 17 有人把先知以賽亞的書交給他，他就打開，找到一處寫著說： 18 主的靈在我身上，因為他用膏膏我，叫我傳福音給貧窮的人；差遣我報告：被擄的得釋放，瞎眼的得看見，叫那受壓制的得自由， 19 報告 神悅納人的禧年。 20 於是把書捲起來，交還執事，就坐下。會堂裏的人都定睛看他。 21 耶穌對他們說：「今天這經應驗在你們耳中了。」 22 眾人都稱讚他，並希奇他口中所出的恩言；又說：「這不是約瑟的兒子嗎？」
16He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17The 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 preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." 20Then 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, 21and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. "Isn't this Joseph's son?" they asked.
- Jesus applied five Old Testament promises to his mission on earth. Which of these five forms of rejection can be connected with the gospel in my life today?
Poverty (downtrodden, underprivileged): to receive hope and dignity
Imprisonment (physically, psychologically or politically captive): to receive freedom from bondage
Blindness (physical disability often meaning spiritual darkness): to receive new sight to recognize God’s perspective and new life
Oppression (political and economic disadvantage): to receive release and new freedom from forces holding you down
Debt (every 50 years all debts were cancelled): to receive the Jubilee Year’s release from debt of every sort.
- Read the above list slowly. Immerse myself in the recollection of my situations before and after receiving Christ. Meditate on Jesus’ salvation for me.
- Give God thanks for all the things He’s done in me.
Jesus became well known as he taught and healed people throughout the area. Discuss what Jesus said about his purposes on earth. Ask, “What does Jesus’ healing the sick tell us about his care for people?” How can we help people and be like Jesus?