Date: June 2, 2019

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Luke 4:14-21 - 14Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 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 comfort the brokenhearted,] 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.”
I. The Ministry of Jesus Fulfilled Old Testament Servant-Messiah Prophecies (Lk 4:14-17).
II. Jesus Declared the Inauguration of God’s Kingdom Promises on Earth (Lk 4:18-19).
A. The good news is for all who humbly acknowledge their brokenness and need for God’s deliverance and forgiveness (vs. 18a).
B. Jesus comforted all those heart-broken due to sin, death and the devil (vs. 18b, contrast vs. 22-30).
C. Jesus liberated those held captive by sin, death and the devil (vs. 18c, 31-35).
D. Jesus healed those who suffered as a result of sin, death and the devil (vs. 18d, 36-40).
E. Jesus released those oppressed because of sin, death and the devil (vs. 18e, 41).
F. Jesus proclaimed God’s favor, salvation and peace to all humankind (vs. 19, 42-44).
Matt. 11:4-6 - 4Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. 6Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.”
Luke 10:18 - “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
Isa. 61:1-3 - 1The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners [blind], 2to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
G. The pending judgement of human wickedness, as prophesied by Isaiah, is still a future event (Isa. 61:2b).
III. Salvation and Shalom are Available Today for Everyone who Accepts Jesus as Lord and Saviour (Lk. 4:20-21).
“The proclamation of the euangelion does not merely herald a new era: it actually brings it about. The proclamation is itself the euangelion, since the salvation it proclaims is already present in it.” (U. Becker, Dictionary of NT Theology, ed. Brown, vol. 2, p. 108). Questions for further study and review: 1. From last week’s question, what is the best news that you heard in the last week? month? year? What was your immediate response to hearing this good news? Was it easy to believe that it was actually true? Were you able to participate in this good news? Would you like to? 2. Read Isaiah 61. Who is the person who is speaking in this passage? What are the main themes that run through this passage? What role does this person have in bringing about the things spoken of? 3. In what ways does Jesus best fill the role and duties of the person who spoke the words of Isaiah 61? In Luke 4, why does Jesus leave out any mention of the “day of vengeance” (compare Isa 61:2 and Lk 4:19)? Is there evidence anywhere in Jesus’ teaching that he will also be involved in this? When will this be? 4. Review the works of Jesus (Lk 4:18-19). Do these works of Jesus address all aspect of the human condition? Why or why not? 5. Do you believe that the works and miracles of Jesus continue to occur in the church throughout the world today? Why or why not? Consider the argument that if Jesus’ ministry of proclaiming the Kingdom involved such “signs,” the church as the continuation this should also realize such “signs.” What would you say in response to this argument? 6. When did you first hear that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah? When did you first hear that Jesus was the Suffering Servant of Isaiah? What was your response to hearing this? Why are both of these aspects of who Jesus is important to you? 7. Take time to reflect upon the following questions: Q. What one thing can I do this week to bring about God’s Kingdom rule and reign to my neighbours and others in North-east Barrie? Take time this week to rejoice in what the good news means for you in your daily life.

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