by Stan Coffey

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Stan Coffey
Luke 4:16-21

If you have God's Word this morning I want to invite your attention to Luke 4:16. We are going to look today at the first recorded sermon of Jesus. We all know the Sermon on the Mount but I thought it would be interesting today to look at the first recorded sermon of Jesus. Prior to this He had done some preaching but it doesn't tell us exactly what He preached. He had been performing miracles. He had begun His ministry but He comes back to His hometown where for at least 29 years He had lived and worked as a carpenter all of His adult life. He comes back to His home church if you will, the synagogue where He had worshipped as a boy, where all the people knew Him.

Now, they have heard about this hometown boy and the miracles that God had been doing through Him. They had heard about the powerful messages that He had preached and they had heard many things about Him that to them were unbelievable because to them, He was just Jesus the son of Joseph. He was a carpenter's son. So you can imagine their anticipation as they gather in the synagogue that day and waited to see what this hometown boy turned preacher and prophet would have to say. They were amazed and as a result of what He claimed, many of them were shocked and angry because He claimed indeed to be the Messiah.

Luke 4:16-21 "16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19To preach th ...

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