The Gospel of Luke (4:14-21) shares a detailed report of Jesus’ first (and probably last) sermon in his hometown synagogue in Nazareth. Upon ending his reading from the prophet Isaiah, he declares, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled.” It’s one thing to say that God will move, act, and save one day. It’s quite another thing to say God is doing so today, here, now, as you listen. Join us for worship as we reflect upon this moment at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in our message Here and Now.
Luke 4:14-21 (NRSV)
14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16When 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,17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
18“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, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20And 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. 21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”