He Came for Me

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Theophilus must have been a very honorable person….

…probably Luke’s special friend or his publishing sponsor…

The fact that Luke the Doctor takes time to put this work together for one man tells us something….

It shows us how specific and how particular things can get when we are talking about the Gospel…

…that God is interested in YOU as an individual!

God has an agenda with every one of us as individuals first!

 

Luke’s Gospel has been called the Gospel of the Universal Grace of God…

…because it brings out The Christ’s compassion and sympathetic attitude towards the lowly, the outcasts, the gentiles, the publicans, the sinners…

Text: Luke 4

14.Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

We notice that The Holy Spirit led Him to the wilderness?!

…so God can take you through some difficult time, to get his will accomplished!

In the wilderness Jesus is aggressively approached by the devil after he has fasted for 40 days.

He marvelously overcomes the devil’s temptations by quoting scripture…

Jesus returns to Galilee in the power of The Spirit.

He teaches in their synagogues and everyone is praising him…

Now he comes to Nazareth, where he had been brought up!

This is his backyard, His village…

In about verse 16…

16 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, 17 and the 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 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,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[
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20 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.21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.

23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”

24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy[g] in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”

28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

31 Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. 32 They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.

33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 34 “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

35 “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.

36 All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” 37 And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.

In the sabbath service there were two lessons read. The first lesson was always taken from the Law, The five books of Moses.

 The second lesson would be read from the Prophets.

 It has been suggested that this passage read by our Lord was the lesson for the day.

 This is quite uncertain….

Because….

 It is more probable that Jesus, when the roll of Isaiah was handed to him by the ruler of the synagogue, specially selected the section containing this passage.

 He reads from the Prophet Isaiah and clearly, He is announcing His Messianic assignment as The Christ, or the Anointed one of God as prophesied by the Prophet.

And as prophesied by the prophet Isaiah, Jesus reads that…

“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,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

 

Most of this is taken from Isaiah 61!

However, some of the words are not in Isaiah 61, but are found in other chapters of Isaiah.  It was allowable for a reader in the prophets, to skip from place to place, which our Lord here did, in order to explain this passage more fully.

 

Then, after the reading, He declared that…

“This day this scripture is fulfilled in your ears!” Luke 4:21

Jesus announces that He has been commissioned with authority, and that He has been qualified with gifts, and has been set apart by God for the office of The Messiah- That His unction is the Holy Spirit, which he had without measure!!

This announcement reveals the heart of the ministry of Jesus Christ!

It tells us of the concern of The Christ for people with all kinds of need….

The Christ is to primarily deal with folk who have all kinds of need….

He is to focus on the disenfranchised, the lowly, the crippled, the sickly, the less fortunate in the society and the most disadvantaged of men…

He appears to be destined to uplift the hopeless, the ones without any confidence to face their tomorrow!

He speaks graciously and everyone is impressed!

But…

See what happens afterwards….

20 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.21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.

23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”

24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy[g] in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”

28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

 

The anointing makes the difference!

It appears as if Jesus, being God had known their attitude beforehand and He addresses it with Old Testament examples.

First, the congregation perceives that His words are gracious…

But then…

They question His veracity!

Because of His background….

They cannot receive the Savior of the world… because He is Joseph’s son…

They will remain in captivity… Because He is the son of a carpenter….

They will not benefit from the healing that He is carrying… because of their attitude…

They will not receive the blessing of liberty and freedom from sin… because He is the son of Joseph!

Their rejection was premised on His background!

And so…

They rejected the Lord!

They wanted to terminate his life!

It is the opposite of what happens in the next city that he visits… Capernaum!

At Capernaum, He is received with honor and admiration!

They were astonished at His doctrine, for His word was with power!

Notice that at Capernaum, He delivers a man that had an unclean spirit!

The people praise Him saying: With authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out! And his fame went out into every place of the country round about!

What a contrast in reception!

Here at Capernaum, He is still the same Jesus, the native of Nazareth…

Remember they rejected Him at Nazareth because of His human background….

Little did they know that it was not about His Human Roots…

It wasn’t about background…

It was about the assignment for which He had been anointed!

The anointing makes the whole difference!

Born in a manger… yes!

Carpenter’s son… Supposedly yes!

Having a humble background… Yes!

But please, the story doesn’t end there!

He is carrying the anointing of God without measure!

And the anointing is more powerful than the background!

The anointing makes the whole difference!

 

Here comes one that is made to heal them,

To take away their shame,

To take away their pain,

To give them beauty for ashes,

But this is how they respond to Him…

“Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

The difference between what happens at Nazareth and Capernaum is a function of the people’s attitude!

Isn’t it amazing how you can be an important life-changing presence for some people… while, at the same time, others think that you are a big joke and an embarrassment who deserves to be thrown off a cliff!

If you have a divine assignment in your life…

Expect rejection!

And rejection doesn’t mean stoppage of assignment…

It means redirection- That you are now to leave Nazareth and head to Capernaum!

The anointing here makes the difference….

Not the background!

 

 

Why did He come and for what purpose was He anointed???

 

He was anointed to perform the actions stated in V.18!

And when I look at V.18, I see myself there!

I do not know about you, but as for me…

I can see myself in v.18!

 

He came for my deliverance!

He came for me!

He came for you and me because…

 

  1. He announces that He is to preach the Gospel/ good tidings to the poor and the meek!

Here He is telling us that…

The reason why I, the Messiah, enjoy so great a degree of inspiration, and am endowed with the power of working such astonishing miracles, is because God hath commissioned me to preach the glad tidings of salvation to the poor!

Such as are poor in spirit, and are sensible of their spiritual poverty…

…have low and humble thoughts of themselves, and of their own righteousness…

 …them that seek Christ for durable riches and true righteousness…

Those that frankly acknowledge that all they have and are, is owing to the grace of God…

 

This Gospel of Jesus and the glad tidings of the love, grace, mercy of God in Christ, of peace, pardon, righteousness, life and salvation by Christ is to be preached to such!

 

  1. He announces that He is coming to heal and to bind up the brokenhearted…

…to relieve and comfort all those, without distinction, whose hearts are broken by sharp convictions of sin, and fears of future punishment…

…persons in a low and afflicted condition…

…those whose hearts are broken, and made contrite by the word of God, under the influence of the Spirit of God…

…those who are wounded by the sense of sin, and are humbled for it; and are in great pain and distress, and even inconsolable, and ready to faint and die; for a wounded spirit who can bear?

 

Christ is announcing that He is to heal such persons by his own stripes, by binding up their wounds, by the application of his blood to them, which is a sovereign balm for every wound; by the discoveries of pardoning grace to their souls, and by opening and applying the comfortable promises of the Gospel, by his Spirit, to them…

 

  1. He announces that He has been commissioned to deliver (proclaim liberty to) the captives, the opening of the prison to them that are bound!

All the gifts and abilities of the Spirit were and are upon Jesus without measure…

By Christ, sinners are to be loosed from the bonds of guilt, and by his Spirit and grace from the bondage of sin….

He is proclaiming to the captives of sin and Satan liberty from the power of their tyrannical masters, on the terms of repentance toward God, and faith in the Messiah…

And our Lord is conferring that liberty on them that are captives to sin, Satan, and the law; from which, there is only deliverance by him; who saves his people from their sins, redeems them from the law, and leads captivity captive…

This liberty and deliverance are preached and published in the Gospel, and by Christ the author of them…

 

  1. Our Lord declares that He is to restore sight to the blind!

By Christ those that sat in the dark will see the light, and by the power of his grace, the blind will receive their sight!

He is not set to merely confer bodily sight on a few blind individuals, but to open the eyes of the understanding of millions, and cure their spiritual blindness, by imparting to them the spirit of wisdom and revelation. 

The sinners, who are insensible of their state, will have their eyes opened by Christ and they will receive spiritual sight from Him!

 

  1. He is to set at liberty them that are bruised! To comfort all those mourn…

…bruised with the heavy load of their fetters and chains; with the guilt and power of their iniquities, and the condemnation and wrath due to them on that account.

Here is a beautiful deliverance for all that are bruised, coming from Christ!

 

  1. He announces that He is coming is to preach the acceptable year of The Lord!

…to proclaim that happy period of the divine dispensations toward mankind, in which a full and free remission of all their offences is to be offered to them, and which might be fitly represented by the Jewish jubilee…

…wherein debts were forgiven…

…slaves were released…

…inheritances were restored to their original owners…

All of us are to attend to the Savior’s invitation when liberty is thus proclaimed.

 

In conclusion…

Friends, in this world, Jesus Christ is everything that matters to us.

As The Great Physician He came to heal all our diseases…

As The Mighty Counselor He came to bring peace to our tormented minds…

As The Mighty Deliverer He came to break the shackles of shame and break bondage of despair…

As The Anointed one of God He came to annihilate every yoke of oppression in our lives!

He came for us!

He came for you!

He came for me!!

 God bless you abundantly!

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