SPEAKER: Colin smith
But now it appears Jesus may have the potential to put Nazareth on the map in a positive way.
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
#1 – Jesus Preached the Scriptures
The purpose of preaching is to mediate encounters with god
– J.I. Packer
#2 – Jesus Speaks Directly to the Human Condition
#3 – Jesus Preached Himself
CHALLENGE TO ALL PREACHERS:
“And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.”
Does your preaching cause people to fix their eyes on Jesus or you?
“What good do you think your sermon will do if Jesus Christ is not in it?” – Charles Spurge
#4 – Jesus Proclaimed Grace
- Every 7 years all debt was erased and all slaves were freed
- Every 50th year…land that was sold would be returned to the original owner
22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth.
They were drawn to Jesus for his gracious words.
28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff.
Grace means God has no obligations and no restraints
- Rights and laws go together, but in the world of grace there are no rights
- Mankind constantly gets the idea that it is about us.
- Grace means god has no obligations and no restrictions
Grace will make you angry or lead you to worship