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Sermon at Nazareth
Luke 4:14-30 Commentary
by Judith Jones
This Sunday Jesus begins his public ministry by proclaiming release (aphesis) to captives and the oppressed. He announces that today -- in his hearers’ presence -- the prophecy of Isaiah has been fulfilled, and the year of the Lord’s favor has come.
Jesus’ Identity Luke has already set the stage for Jesus’ sermon in Nazareth. The baptism, genealogy, and temptation all highlight Jesus’ identity: Jesus is Son of God by divine declaration, by his human descent from Adam the first son of God, and because even when tempted by Satan, he remains obedient to his Father. The Holy Spirit has descended on him and filled him. Now, in the power of the Spirit, Jesus begins his work.
The sermon at his hometown synagogue encapsulates the message that he has been teaching in synagogues throughout Galilee. Although the people of Nazareth marvel when they hear him, they misperceive who he is: to them he is merely Joseph’s son. Blinded by familiarity, they do not recognize ...
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Narrative Lectionary 064: Sermon at Nazareth
January 13, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's readings are: Luke 4:14-30 and Psalm 146 or 146:7b-8.