The Messiah’s Message and Ministry

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¬†Introductory thoughts…

  1. This is the beginning of Jesus’ Galilean ministry. The first part of this chapter tells of His being tempted in the wilderness.

  2. His fame began to be spread about, vv. 14-15. He came to His hometown of Nazareth.

  3. It was His custom to go to the synagogue on the day of worship / Sabbath, v.16, cf. Heb. 10:25.

  4. Typically the synagogue worship followed and pattern of reading and teaching.

    1. Often the leader of the synagogue would read from the law

    2. Other men were given the opportunity to read. They would signify their desire to read by standing. Often the whole assembly stood for the reading.

    3. Sitting was the posture for teaching, John 8:2

    4. All eyes were upon Him. They were anticipating His teaching. This needs to be our attitude as well, cf. Luke 19:47-48

Preach the Gospel to the poor (in spirit), thereby healing the broken hearted.

    1. Those who are poor in spirit realize their spiritual poverty before the Lord, Matt. 5:3, Rom. 5:6-8.

    2. They are in a position to receive salvation, Psa. 34:18, Isa. 57:15

Preach deliverance to the captives. Thereby setting at liberty those that are captive and bruised

  1. Sin enslaves, John 8:34, Rom. 6:12

  2. The Gospel of Christ brings freedom, Rom. 6:17-18.

Preach the acceptable year of the Lord (the age / era of salvation). Now is the time. Do not delay.

Acts 24:25, Isa. 55:6, 2 Cor. 6:2.

Concluding thoughts…

  1. Jesus’ came to gives us healing and liberty.

  2. Do not delay accepting His call, Matt. 25:13, Jas. 4:14

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