April 22 PM: Luke 4:14-30

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April 22 PM Luke 4:14-30 // Parallel Mark 6

Preaching back home

I. After temptation, Jesus gets to work--preaching
     A. It's generally best to not have a preacher that has never been tempted (or at least, has faced life: 1 Timothy 3:6)

     B. It's also important to get to the business at hand: No pity partying, no whining about what happened

II. Temptation (and overcoming it) is not the focus of the message:

     A. Notice that in His preaching, Jesus does not bring up overcoming temptation

     B. Instead, He starts from a point in the Word of God

III. The message? Isaiah 61:1-2

     A. The Spirit of the Lord is upon Him--this is not insanity, it's divinity

     B. Good news for the poor--that God does not favor the wealthy more than they

     C. Release of the captives--those captive in sin--freedom begins first in our hearts

     D. Sight for the blind---literal and figurative: seen in the healing and being able to see the truth of God's Word

     E. Freedom for the oppressed--likewise

     F. The favor of the Lord---God is working to welcome His people, to provide grace to them

     G. That this comes through Him--not political but spiritual

IV. The response--

     A. 4:24--not welcome (not 'favorable')--it is the same word

     B. The people go from pleased to displeased---partly because the favor of the Lord is not going to just be for them

     C. Jesus leaves--passes through their midst and departs

V. Us?

     A. Our message ought to mirror His: focused on the Word, the good news, and the spiritual needs of people/followed by the physical needs

     B. We ought to avoid the angry response

     C. Even if the preacher has arisen from those we know

     D. We ought not try to keep the message from other places

 

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