Luke 4: 16-24
16 When Jesus 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:
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
and recovery of sight to the
to let the
oppressed go free,
proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’
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
spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his
mouth. They said, ‘Is not this Joseph’s son?’ 23He said
to them, ‘Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, “Doctor, cure yourself!”
And you will say, “Do here also in your home town the things that we have heard
you did at Capernaum.” ’ 24And he
said, ‘Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s home town.
Take a few moments imagining that you are in
the synagogue hearing those words Jesus is speaking in verses 18-19.
How could we apply those words to life here in
Where, in Solihull, is this already happening?
In what ways is God stirring up a new call to
Is God stirring up a surprising new call to
mission within your own life?
Lord, grant us eyes to see your presence and
peace in strange places and unlikely people, even in ourselves. Amen.