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An Unexpected Messiah: Honor Him    Luke 4:16-30   
March 18, 2012

 

Introduction

       In my opinion it is sad the majority of the people of Nazareth did not expect Jesus. Today Jewish people say they expect a Messiah but He is not like the Messiah we know.

 

1.   An Unexpected Messiah Did What was . . Common for Him. Luke 4:16-20

       A.   The Unexpected Messiah Read the Scripture . . Prophetic about Him. 4:16-17

16 He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. As usual, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read.

       17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him, and unrolling the scroll, He found the place where it

       was written:

 

       B.   The Unexpected Messiah Read the Scripture . . Proclaiming His Actions. 4:18-20

18 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 to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed,

       19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

       20 He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. And the eyes of everyone in the

       synagogue were fixed on Him.

      21 He began by saying to them, “Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled.”


      We can conclude Jesus went to the Synagogue regularly. On this occasion He read the verses that proclaimed the year of the Lord’s favor and verses that were prophetic about the Messiah and then announced these verses were fulfilled that day. Do you know no one healed the blind in the gospels but Jesus. This fact should convince many that Jesus is the Messiah.

 

2.   An Unexpected Messiah Did Not Do What was . . Common for Him. Luke 4:22-24

      A.  The Unexpected Messiah . . Amazed the People. 4:22

       22 They were all speaking well of Him and were amazed by the gracious words that came from His mouth,

       yet they said, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

 

      B.  The Unexpected Messiah was not . . Accepted in His Hometown. 4:23-24

23 Then He said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me: ‘Doctor, heal yourself. So all we’ve

       heard that took place in Capernaum, do here in Your hometown also.’”

       24 He also said, “I assure you: No prophet is accepted in his hometown.


       When Jesus read these verses He received a mixed reaction. His reading amazed the people. He must have read with more authority and application than at any other time. In His application He called attention to their unbelief and how that affects the work of the Prophet. You know we know very little about Jesus from His years in Nazareth. Some have suggested the possibility that Joseph died and Jesus took much responsibility in helping Mary to raise her family. So when it is time for Jesus to begin His public ministry He was thought of as Joseph’s son and not the Messiah. But when they heard Him they should have gotten their thoughts converted.



3.   An Unexpected Messiah . . Called Attention to Experiences of Scripture. Lk. 4:25-27

      A.  The Unexpected Messiah Called Attention to the Widow in . . Sidon. 4:25-26

      25 But I say to you, there were certainly many widows in Israel in Elijah’s days, when the sky was shut up

       for three years and six months while a great famine came over all the land.

       26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them—but to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.

  

      B.  The Unexpected Messiah Called Attention to the . . Skin Disease of Naaman. 4:27

27 And in the prophet Elisha’s time, there were many in Israel who had serious skin diseases, yet not

       one of them was healed—only Naaman the Syrian.”


       Why did Jesus call attention to these stories of Scripture? They call attention to the acts of God toward Gentiles and how God brought blessings from the prophets to them. The first illustration focused on the widow in Sidon and although there were many widows God chose to send his prophet to a Gentile. Then among the lepers with skin disease God chose to heal Naaman. Naaman showed a great faith and acted in obedience to the word of Elisha and received healing. This angered the people at the synagogue that day. We need to be careful that our prejudices do not contradict the plan of God.

 

 

4.   An Unexpected Messiah did not Fear the . . Crowd Lk. 4:28-30

      A.  The Unexpected Messiah . . Spoke Without Fear of the Crowd. 4:28-30

28 When they heard this, everyone in the synagogue was enraged.

 

      B.  The Unexpected Messiah . . Slipped Out Through the Crowd. 4:29-30

       29 They got up, drove Him out of town, and brought Him to the edge of the hill that their town was built

       on, intending to hurl Him over the cliff.

       30 But He passed right through the crowd and went on His way.


       Jesus knew if He told these stories He would offend the people but on many occasions the man of God must proceed even if he knows people will be angry. Now we may all know some who seemed to be pleased to make people mad and that is not right or prompted by the Lord. Jesus spoke without fear of man. As the crowd became

enraged and attempting to throw Him over the cliff He was able to slip through this crowd. What might people do today that would be similar to the action of the synagogue crowd of Jesus’ day? If you live in an area where great prejudices are intrenched it might be hard to properly recognize Jesus as a Messiah but even if He is unexpected

we should greet An Unexpected Messiah: and Honor Him. Amen? Amen!