Thursday, January 24, 2013

Jesus, what should we expect you to do? Luke 4:14-21

Jesus came to earth to do great things. When he stood in his home synagogue in Nazareth the people hoped for something as he read from Isaiah in Luke 4:18-19. Jesus started point to Isaiah 61:1
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind
then he made an alusion to Isaiah 58:6
to let the oppressed go free
before he turned back to Isaiah 61:2
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Reading this weeks Gospel I'm struck by word picture Luke paints of the eyes turned towards Jesus in Luke 4:20 as he announced Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.
We humans have so many expectations of God. And in Jesus all our expectations find their fulfillment; but that doesn't mean we get what we demand from God. In Jesus we meet the living God and not Santa Claus. We meet the one who made all things who provides for us every deay. But the living God won't give us what we unreasonably demand. No in Jesus we meet the the Living God who wants us to follow him into the fulness of life and hope.
thanks for reading, peace to you, John

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