by Kerry Shook

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Restoring Compassion (1 of 3)
Series: Restoring Christmas
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Luke 4:18-21 (NIV)

• Isaiah 61:4 (NIV)

Compassion: Sharing God's underserved grace through generosity and service

• 2 Cor. 8:1-9 (NIV)

Generosity in Action

"... see that you also excel in this grace of giving." Vs. 7

Regardless of the Outcome


The synagogue in Nazareth was packed to overflowing on a beautiful Sabbath morning. You could've almost heard a pin drop as everyone was anxiously anticipating this local hometown hero returning to teach and to preach in the synagogue that day. Jesus of Nazareth, the great miracle worker and the great teacher and some even thought could be a prophet was there to read the Holy Scriptures. Now you have to understand in Jewish culture, in the Jewish tradition, they would read from the Holy Scriptures, the Old Testament each Sabbath day and whoever would read the Scripture on that Sabbath would just pick up where the last person left off on the Sabbath before and so they handed Jesus the scroll from the book of Isaiah the prophet and the Scripture reading on that Sabbath day was Isaiah Chapter 61 and it wasn't an accident, it wasn't a coincidence because the God of the universe had planned this day before He laid the foundations of the earth. He knew that His Son would be there on that day and He had planned that Scripture reading before the stars were hung in space. It was Isaiah Chapter 61 and Jesus stood up, took the scroll, opened it up to Isaiah 61 and he began to read.

Would you open your Bibles to Luke Chapter 4 and stand in honor of God's Word and just follow along with me. In Luke Chapter 4 beginning with verse 18, we see what Jesus read from Isaiah Chapter 61. Jesus said "The Sprit of the Lord is on me because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. Then He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on Him and He began by saying today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

Dear God I thank you that today You're here and You want us to understand why You came to this earth on Christmas two thousand years ago so that we can restore Christmas in our own hearts this year and we can fulfill your mission that you gave us. For it is in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

You can be seated.

Jesus was saying this Old Testament prophet of the coming Messiah is talking about me. Isaiah Chapter 61 describes my mission here on this earth. My mission is one of compassion. My mission is to proclaim freedom from those who are bound by the chains of guilt and fear and hopelessness.
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