24 Jan

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 on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:14-21, NRSV)

Have you ever known someone that left town, your hometown, and then many years later they came back and started acting differently or saying things that you couldn’t believe?

Imagine how those in the temple at Nazareth felt about Jesus that day. He read the passage from the prophet Isaiah, about bringing good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and that the blind will receive their sight. That the Lord’s favor has come, and it has come through me!

They knew Jesus and had grown up with him. how could this be?

We have a hard time allowing God to be God if we keep trying to fit Him into our box. Which means He can change people and use them to do His will. Even those we think it isn’t possible for Him to use.

I mean really for every person that you think God can’t use, there is one person who thinks you are the one God can’t use.

Allow God to fulfill His promises as He chooses and don’t try to put Him in your box.


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