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Jesus The Messiah
Jesus Announces His Mission LUKE 4:16-21
At the start of his ministry Jesus announced his God-given mission from the pulpit of the synagogue in his home town of Nazareth,
by the prophet Isaiah centuries earlier.
PROCLAIM GOOD NEWS
God rules OK! Not satan
HEAL THE SICK
Blind see, lame walk, broken-hearted healed
SET CAPTIVES FREE
Captives are set free from spiritual bondage
"The Spirit 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 favour."
And he finished by saying "Today this prophecy is fulfilled in your hearing." LUKE 4:16-21
The Problem: The Jews Failed To Recognise Jesus As The Messiah
The problem was that very few Jews recognised Jesus as God's promised Messiah.
In the Gospel of JOHN 1:10-14 we read the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to those who believed in him and welcomed him, he gave the right to become children of God.
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, the crowds hailed him with the words of PSALM 118:26:
"Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! (Hebrew Hoshia-na=Save us now, LORD!)" MATTHEW 21:9
They looked on him as the Conquering King, prophesied by Zechariah, who would deliver them from their Roman oppressors and bring in God's eternal rule in Jerusalem.
But just five days later they were shouting "Crucify him! Crucify him!" when the Roman governor Pontius Pilate asked them if they wanted him to release Jesus the Messiah MATTHEW 27:22-23.