Luke 4:14-30

HOMETOWN HERO?

Life of Christ #14

 

NOTE: If you ever want to preach a message similar to this one, I strongly suggest that you find a picture of someone from your area who is a hometown hero, instead of Gus Frerotte, who is a local boy. I got his picture off the internet.

 

Who is this man? (SHOW POWER POINT PICTURE)

 

“He led Ford City (Pa.) High School to its first district final in school history in 1988. He lettered four times in baseball, three times in football and three times in basketball. He and wife Ann have a daughter, Abigail, and two sons, Gunnar and Gabriel.”

 

(POWER POINT) He is Gus Frerott quarterback of the Miami Dolphins and hometown hero in Ford City.

 

Who is this man? (SHOW POWERPOINT PICTURE OF JESUS)

 

(POWER POINT) Of course, this is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and He too, should have been a home town hero in the town of Nazareth.  But was He?  Sadly the answer is “no”.

 

Most of us have problems thinking of children we've know for years as grown up.  I can still remember many years ago when friends of my parents were surprised that I, as a young adult, drank coffee!  They probably still thought of me as little "Jackie" Peters.

 

You can imagine the surprise of the local folks in Nazareth when the "boy" they watched grow up now presented himself as a religious teacher and as the Messiah, when Jesus came back for a visit to his hometown.

 

I think that many people in America consider Jesus as “a hometown hero”.  After all we’ve heard about him all our lives.  We are familiar in many ways with his life, miracles, and teachings. And usually we are even glad to hear others mention Him in a favorable light.

 

However we need to be careful that we don’t end up treating the Lord Jesus in some of the same ways they did in His hometown. It is very easy to become like the hometown folk of Nazareth that ended up treating Jesus with unbelief, disrespect, and resentment.

 

As we continue our chronological study of the Life of Christ, we pick up our story after Jesus had recently met with the “Woman at the Well” in Samaria, and had returned to Cana of Galilee where He had healed a nobleman’s son.

Our narrative this week switches from the Gospel according to John to the Gospel according to Luke.

 

Luke 4:14-15 - And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. [15] And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

 

It was at this time that Jesus decided to pay a visit to the old hometown.  There are lessons to be learned from this visit, not the least of which is that we should not treat the Lord Jesus the way the hometown folks treated him.  

 

JESUS' CUSTOM - TO ATTEND CHURCH - Vs. 16

 

Vs. 16 – Let me ask you a question.

               Was Jesus God when He came to earth?

 

Mark 1:1 - The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

 

John 1:1-2 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] The same was in the beginning with God.

 

Of course, Jesus was and is God!

 

This verse tells us that Jesus attended synagogue, which is the Jewish equivalent of church!  Services were held in Jewish synagogues both in and out of Israel on the Sabbath Day.  

 

How often did Jesus attend church? It was His custom!  He went to synagogue whether He was preaching or not!

 

Now let’s get this straight.

Jesus is God!

God went to church regularly.

 

Some of you find it very easy to find something more important to do on a Sunday Morning, but God the Son attended church regularly!

 

Some of you think it not necessary for Christians to attend church, but God the Son attended church!

 

·        Do you think Jesus would have missed church to go to a ball game?

·        Do you think Jesus would have missed church if his nephews or nieces had a school or club activity?

·        Do you think Jesus would have missed church to attend a family reunion?

·        Do you think Jesus would have missed church to play golf?

·        Do you think Jesus would have missed church for any reason other than illness or ministry?

 

The answer to all of these questions is a resounding “no”.

“But preacher, I’m not Jesus. I’m not expected to do what Jesus did!”

 

O YES YOU ARE!

 

1 John 2:6 - He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

Football in the fall.
Basketball in the winter.
Baseball in the spring and summer.
This pastor has been an avid sports fan all his life.

But I’ve had it! I quit this sports business once and for all.
You can’t get me near one of those places again.
Want to know why...
Every time I went, they asked me for money.

The people with whom I had to sit didn’t seem very friendly.
The seats were too hard and not at all comfortable.
I went to many games, but the coach never came to call on me.
The referee made a decision with which I could not agree.

I suspected that I was sitting with some hypocrites –
they came to see their friends and what others were wearing rather than to see the game.
Some games went into overtime, and I was late getting home.
The band played some numbers that I had never heard before.

It seems that the games are scheduled when I want to do other things.
I was taken to too many games by my parents when I was growing up.
I don’t want to take my children to any games, because I want them to choose for themselves what sport they like best.

Author Unknown, At Calvary, Covington, KY

http://www.bible.org/illus.asp?topic_id=258

 

JESUS' CUSTOM - TO ATTEND CHURCH - Vs. 16  

JESUS' COMMUNICATION - THE WORD OF GOD - Vss. 17-19

 

I believe that the synagogue was packed that day!

The hometown boy was there.

The leader of the synagogue would have asked him, as a guest teacher, to read the Word of God.

When Jesus shared the Word of God, He did it for a purpose.

His purpose was to communicate truth.

 

Vs. 17 – Jesus was given the Book of Isaiah, a book of prophecy. Jesus found a specific spot in the Book, Isaiah 61:1-2, and read it.

 

This prophecy was about himself as the Messiah.

Vss. 18-19 - READ

 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, - Of course the Spirit of the Lord, the Holy Spirit was upon the Lord Jesus.  Whatever He did, He did in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Luke 3:21-22 - Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, [22] And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

 

Luke 4:1 - And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

 

Luke 4:14 - And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee…

because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; - The Gospel is the Good News.

The Good News has always been for the poor, the poor in Spirit, whether someone is rich or poor physically.

 

Matthew 5:3 - Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

A person who is poor in Spirit acknowledges his or sin and grieves over it.

A person who is poor in spirit realizes that he is not good enough to enter into Heaven.

A person who is poor in spirit humbles himself, and comes to the Lord Jesus for forgiveness and eternal life.   

 

The Good News that Jesus preached can be summed up with the words of a very familiar Scripture verse.

 

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, - Jesus healed the brokenhearted on many an occasion.

·        He healed those who were brokenhearted by illness and death.

·        He healed those who were brokenhearted by sorrow.

·        He healed those who were brokenhearted by sin.

 

Brokenhearted people that Jesus healed included:

·        Mary and Martha who were brokenhearted by the death of their Brother Lazarus

·        Bartimaeus who was brokenhearted by his blindness.

·        The man sick of the palsy brought to Jesus by four friends – He was brokenhearted by His sins.

·        The Apostles who were brokenhearted by the death of the Lord Jesus.

 

Jesus heals brokenhearted people today!

·        He heals those brokenhearted by sickness and death.

·        He heals those brokenhearted by offenses committed against them. He teaches them to forgive.

·        He heals those brokenhearted by sin.

 

Matthew 11:28-30 - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

Are you weary, are you heavy hearted?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you grieving over joys departed?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Have you sins that to men’s eyes are hidden?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

Do you fear the gathering clouds of sorrow?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

Are you troubled at the thought of dying?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
For Christ’s coming kingdom are you sighing?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a Friend that’s well known.
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/t/e/tellitto.htm Edmund S. Lorenz, translated into English by Jeremiah E. Rankin

 

to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

 

Only the Lord Jesus can set free those who are held captive by Satan, by their sins, and by their own unforgiving heart.

 

Only the Lord Jesus can give sight to those who have been spiritually blinded by Satan.

 

Only the Lord Jesus can set at liberty those who have been bruised by the events of their past.

 

[19] To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

This was the “Year of Jubilee” which occurred every 50 years. This was a time when the land had a year of freedom, the Jewish slaves were set free, and the land was returned to its original owners.

 

My friend, the Lord Jesus has come to set you free! Please let Him do so!  

 

Jesus used the word of God to communicate a message from God. Make sure that you have accepted His message and applied it to your own life.

 

JESUS' CUSTOM - TO ATTEND CHURCH - Vs. 16  

JESUS' COMMUNICATION - THE WORD OF GOD - Vss. 17-19

JESUS' COMMENTARY - THE WORD HAS BEEN FULFILLED - Vss. 20-21

 

Vss. 20-21 - Jesus had quoted from Isaiah 61:1-2a. It is interesting that he stopped reading in mid-sentence of verse 2. The first part of Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled at his first coming. The rest will be fulfilled at His Second Coming.

 

Jesus was making an announcement.

This was a privileged people.

This prophecy was fulfilled before their eyes.

They were looking at the fulfillment of that prophecy, the Lord Jesus Christ.

They were presented with God’s truth.

It was there for the accepting.

It was there for the taking.

 

Each time you hear a Biblical sermon or Sunday School lesson, or Bible Study, you are presented with God’s truth.

It is there for you to accept.

It is there for to you take as your own.

It is there for you to apply to your own life.

 

JESUS' COMMENTARY - THE WORD HAS BEEN FULFILLED - Vss. 20-21

JESUS’ CHARGE – HE WAS A PROPHET WITHOUT HONOR – Vss. 22-27

 

Vs. 22 – At first the people of Nazareth were impressed. Jesus sounded so good!

But the feeling didn’t last long.

Right away they remembered that this was Jesus, the son (as they thought) of Joseph.

He had grown up around them.

He had attended their synagogue as a boy.

He had been their carpenter.

Why he couldn’t suddenly become their Messiah!

They resented Him instead of believing on Him.

 

Most of you have grown up with the Lord Jesus.

You’ve heard about Him for a long time, most of you for all your life.

You are very familiar with the Lord Jesus.

You either believe Him and do what He says or you resent Him, by not believing Him and not doing what He says.

 

Some of you believe on Him for salvation but do not believe Him enough to obey Him by the way you live.  Whether you accept this truth or not if you don’t obey Him, you resent Him.

 

Matthew 6:24 - No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 

Vs. 23 – Jesus quoted a parable. He is reading their minds.

They wanted Jesus to do the miracles He had done elsewhere in front of them.  They wanted Him to entertain them, to prove Himself.   

 

Why didn’t Jesus do this?

Vs. 24 – He, as a prophet, was not accepted in His own country.  He would not do miracles because they did not believe.

 

Matthew 13:58 - And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

 

We’d like to see miracles in our church.

We’d like to see the miracles of souls saved, Christian lives changed, our community reached with the Gospel, marriages and family problems healed, but it doesn’t happen.

 

Could it be because we have become so familiar with Jesus that we don’t really believe in Him to work in our midst?   

 

In verses 23-27 Jesus gave two examples miracles that took place among the Gentiles.

A gentile widow had the privilege of a bottomless barrel of meal and a bottomless container of oil during a drought and famine in Israel during the days of Elijah the Prophet. There were many Israeli widows in the land at the time.

A gentile soldier was healed of leprosy although there were many Israelites that had leprosy in the days of Elisha the prophet.

 

During those days Israel was in a general state of unbelief.

God did not bless them with those special miracles.

 

I fear to say that we in our Christian churches today are by and large in that same state of unbelief.

Jesus is a prophet without honor right here in America, and often in this church!

 

JESUS’ CHARGE – HE WAS A PROPHET WITHOUT HONOR – Vss. 22-27

JESUS' CONFLICT - THE PEOPLE DIDN'T LIKE WHAT HE SAID - Vss. 28-30

 

Vss. 28-29 - The people didn’t like what Jesus said.

They rebelled against Him.

They tried to kill Him and couldn’t!

So much for being a hometown hero!

 

Very often we will run into the same problem. We don’t like what the Lord Jesus says through the preacher and we rebel!

We might ignore the Word. Or we might even reject the preacher as being far too radical or as being wrong.

The rebellion of the people of Nazareth did not change the truth. Your rebellion against the Word of God will also not change the truth.

 

The people of Nazareth needed to have a change of heart about the Lord Jesus. They need to repent.

Perhaps you need to have a change of heart about the Lord Jesus as a Christian and make sure He is Lord of your life.

Perhaps you need to have a change of heart about the Lord Jesus and become a Christian.

 

JESUS' CUSTOM - TO ATTEND CHURCH - Vs. 16  

JESUS' COMMUNICATION - THE WORD OF GOD - Vss. 17-19

JESUS' COMMENTARY - THE WORD HAS BEEN FULFILLED - Vss. 20-21

JESUS’ CHARGE – HE WAS A PROPHET WITHOUT HONOR – Vss. 22-27

JESUS' CONFLICT - THE PEOPLE DIDN'T LIKE WHAT HE SAID - Vss. 28-30