Jesus wants to be our Savior, but refuses to be our idol.
Jesus’s ministry offers grace, not guilt, as he ushers in the end of the beginning and the beginning of the end.
4:16 // Jesus goes home and teaches.
4:17-19 // Jesus reads a well known passage from Isaiah.
4:18a // Jesus is Anointed by the Spirit to preach the gospel.
4:18b // Jesus proclaims freedom to prisoners.
4:18c // Jesus gives sight to the blind.
4:18d // Jesus releases the oppressed.
4:19 // Jesus proclaims the reality of God’s favor.
4:20-21 // Jesus claims to be the fulfillment of this prophecy.
People are intellectually impressed, but spiritually unmoved.
4:22a // The people were amazed by Jesus’s gracious words.
4:22b // The people were unaware of Jesus’s true identity.
Jesus teaches that there is no “hometown advantage.” In fact, there seems to be an advantage for the outsiders.
4:23 // Jesus’s words expose the crowd’s secret demands.
4:24-27 // Elijah did miracles for outsiders, not insiders.
4:24-26 // The Widow of Zarapeth
4:27 // Naaman the Syrian
The people choose to murder Jesus instead of worship him. Jesus will die for the people, but he’ll do it in God’s time.
4:28 // Their fury is evidence of a deep-seated hatred.
4:29 // Hatred leads to murder in our hearts, if not our hands.
4:30 // Jesus escapes; He lives to die another day.