Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, . . . When 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, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, . . . to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll, . . . Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
sermons4kids: “Jesus came to earth to fulfill the promises of God. All of God’s promises are fulfilled in him. Wouldn’t it be great if you and I were as faithful in keeping our promises to God as he is in keeping his promises to us?”
Collect: Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: The Old Testament “year of jubilee” to which Jesus refers in his first sermon—what some have called his “mission statement”—was a time set aside every fifty years to forgive financial debt and redistribute the land among the people. Why do you think God envisioned a year of jubilee, and what might that look like in our world today?
Sunday School—9 am on Sunday
Eye Candy: “Jesus unrolls the book in the synagogue” by James Tissot; “Christ teaching in the synagogue at Nazareth” (1658) by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout; “Jesus in the Synagogue at Nazareth” (1915) by Bob Leinweber.
Ear Worm: “Thuma mina“, sung by Hugh Masekela, an island version; “Hail to the Lord’s anointed“, sung by Sandra McCraken, “a little bit of country; a little bit of rock n roll”; “Arise, shine for your light has come“, contemporary with tambourine dance
Movies/Videos: “Patch Adams” (1998), “a medical student who breaks the rules”; “The apostle” (1997), “fall and redemption of a Pentecostal preacher”; “Sling Blade“, (1996), “no such thing as good or redemptive violence”
We continued looking at Christianity. The coming Sunday we will view the video and discuss: Video for “Why are there so many different Christian churches?”, Chapter 28. Bring your thoughts! Hope to see you at 9 on Sunday.