In Luke 4:14-21; Luke says, “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’ [Isaiah 61:1-2] Then 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. He began by saying to them, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’ ”
First let me say that this story is about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. At the beginning of His ministry he spent 40 days in the wilderness, fasting and then being tempted by the devil. And immediately after that is where this passage comes, in the Gospel of Luke. When He returned to Galilee, He returned from the wilderness, ‘in the Power of the Spirit’. He spent a little time in the neighboring villages teaching, and then He went back to his home town, Nazareth, where He had spent the first 30 years of his life being a child and then a carpenter. So this occasion was His ‘coming out’ statement before the ‘hometown crowd’.
And what did He say? He said “God’s Spirit is on Me. He has anointed Me.” (You remember about anointed; that’s the evidence of gift of the Holy Spirit usually given to kings and judges, prophets and priests) (not usually to lowly carpenters with no education, no ordination, no special treatment from the High Priest or the Pharisees or Sadducees.) And pretty as you please, Jesus gets up and says, “I’m anointed by the Spirit of the Lord. This verse from Isaiah is talking about Me.”
One thing that deserves mention about this passage is what Jesus said when He finished reading it. Continue reading