Discipleship Minute #21

Read Luke 4:16-21.

Who is Jesus? If you asked that question at your workplace or coffee shop, you would probably get many different answers: a good man, a great teacher, a moral teacher, or a religious figure. One thing on which we should be able to agree is that Jesus is the most influential person in human history. After all, is there anyone else who has become the way we determine time?

Opinions about Jesus may vary, but what did Jesus say about Himself? One day, Jesus returned to His hometown of Nazareth. He had already begun His earthly ministry and had some acclaim among the people. In a synagogue meeting, Jesus read from the book of Isaiah. “The Spirit has anointed me…,” He began. Jesus had already been doing the things listed in the passage. The Isaiah passage pointed to the Messiah, a divine figure. Jesus clearly understood Himself to be the prophesied Messiah. He also saw that His mission was spiritual in nature. Social and economic justice were not Jesus’ focus. His entire focus was to bring salvation to sinful humanity.

The reaction of the people to Jesus’ self-revelation was to move Him out of the synagogue and toward a cliff. This was not the type of Messiah that they were looking for. They wanted someone to overthrow the hated Romans and reestablish the kingdom of Israel. Jesus simply moved out of their midst and walked away.

Jesus claimed to be God in human flesh and the solution to mankind’s sin problem. His resurrection from the dead validated His claims. He is worthy of our worship and our lives.

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