What Jesus Declares And Defines
INTRODUCTION: Through the first 30 years of His life, Jesus had lived in obscurity in Nazareth. During those silent years we have record of His dialogue with the teachers in the temple when He was twelve.
The next recorded event in Jesus' life was His baptism at the Jordan. It is then followed by His temptation of 40 days in the wilderness being tempted by Satan.
Luke 4 is preceded by Jesus carrying out a public ministry in Judea for about one year and then His ministry in Galilee. Jesus' Judea ministry focused on revelations that Jesus is God.
John the Baptist exclaimed in John 1:29:
''Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.''
Nathaniel revealed His OMNISCIENCE as Jesus knew him before He met him.
Jesus displayed His OMNIPOTENCE at the wedding held in the village of CANA.
Later in John 2 Jesus cleanses the Temple displaying His HOLINESS.
In John 3 Jesus taught that salvation is appropriated through believing in Him.
In John 4 at the Samaritan well the woman shared that Jesus came to be the ''Savior of the World.''
Now in Luke 4:31 we are told that Jesus began teaching in the synagogues introducing the pattern and priority of the Lord's ministry. Synagogues (240 cities and villages in Galilee) existed primarily for instruction in the Scriptures. A passage would be read from the Old Testament followed by a teacher's explanation of its meaning.
This is where we begin today, Jesus in His hometown, reading the scriptures and then giving the exposition.
If this passage declares Who He is and defines what He does, I'd love to be found faithful to what I learn.
I. A DEPICTION OF JESUS' MINISTRY
The word depict has its origin in Latin that means to paint or more to paint. To show (someone or something) in a picture, painting, photograph. Also to describe (someone or something) using words, a story, etc.
Verse 18 depicts the Lord's ministry. ...
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