Scripture Nugget 5.20.2017
Scripture Read Luke 3-4
Nugget Luke 4:14-21
“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: ‘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, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’ And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon him. The he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’
Devotional Thought: Jesus came to change the world, to turn the status quo upside down. Good news to those who haven’t any; freedom to those in spiritual bondage; sight to those who either cannot see, or choose not to; lift burdens off broken and bent backs and to proclaim the Good News of God’s love of all creation. I would rather be a part of what Jesus came to do than one who continues to be a part of the world that needs changing and prevents that change from occurring: It may help us to remember - the great requirement; “He has told you, O Mortal what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8); - the great commandment; “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-13); - the great commission; “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority I heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” Now that is change I want for my own life, for the lives of others and can get behind! Who will join me, as I follow Jesus?