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Luke begins his record of the ministry of jesus in nazareth which happens to be the hometown of jesus christ and i believe that Luke starts his record here because what is going to happen in nazareth is a snapshot of what is going to happen throughout the entire ministry of jesus there will initially be excitement people are going to be excited and they're gonna accept jesus but then quickly it turns to anger and rage and it ends badly for jesus on the cross and what we're gonna see in this passage is a very important New Testament principle in action it is an illustration of a principle that we need to understand about Jesus and about following Jesus now what is this principle what's the principle we're gonna see well this past week I saw one of those Flyers that get posted on telephone poles that's a missing cat or missing dog or sometimes they'll say cat found or dog found because people will go to those poles looking for their pet and then they'll see if someone has already found their pet in this particular flyer it said cat found and I just typed out what was written on it so it'd be a little easier to read but this is what it says it says cat found black tan with some gray fur female no collar not very friendly might be scared not housebroken found on 75th Street if this is your cat please call this number now at first glance this seems like a pretty nice person someone who is friendly someone who is really trying to do the right thing and help someone out they have gone through a fair amount of trouble taking in this pet and printing out these flyers and then posting these flyers and so you think wow this this is probably a pretty nice person but as you look at the flyer you see that there's one obvious error that was made and you'll see it as soon as you see the picture so here's the picture and you see the picture and you think oh everything is now different everything changes now why well this is why here's the principle is that misidentification leads to miss understanding which leads to mistreatment misidentification leads to misunderstanding which leads to miss treatment this person who's taken care of the possum cat might be a good-hearted kind person but they are confused and they'll probably end up with rabies and so the problem that we see here in Nazareth you are to sum up the problem of what we're going to see here in Nazareth is that people are going to miss identify Jesus they're not going to properly identify who is right in front of them and as a result they don't properly identify themselves which leads to misunderstanding and rebellion which leads to the mistreatment of Jesus they don't know what they are looking at and John 1:11 it says he came to his own and his own people did not receive him this is the message of the New Testament when it comes to Jesus that Jesus came to his own people but he was utterly rejected by his own people and they rejected him not at the end or I should say not only at the end of jesus's life in jerusalem among a bunch of people that barely knew him but rather Luke shows us that this rejection happens at the beginning of jesus's ministry in nazareth among the people that should know him the best and so what we're gonna see in luke's gospel is that Jesus is rejected from start-to-finish by his own people that his own people don't even know who he is they don't understand the greatness of who Jesus is from the very beginning and this morning we're gonna look at three parts of the story we're not gonna be able to complete this passage today whatever we don't cover we'll pick up next week but here are the three parts of the story we're gonna look at we're gonna look at the popularity of Jesus the pattern of Jesus in the purpose of Jesus so this start with the popularity of Jesus verse 14 says then Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit and the news about him spread throughout the entire vicinity he was teaching in their synagogues being praised by everyone so verses 14 and 15 are summary verses of the first year of Jesus's public ministry and Luke gives us this information the summary in order to set up verse sixteen and what he says is that Jesus is teaching in all the synagogues in the land he's going around Galilee he's teaching in all these synagogues and he's teaching the Word of God he's doing miracles and he's blowing everyone's mind and so at the end of Jesus's first year of public ministry Jesus has gained 5 million Twitter followers they're selling Jesus t-shirts they're selling Jesus fidget spinners I mean people are losing their minds over Jesus this is the image that we're supposed to have in our minds when it comes to the scene in Nazareth it's that there that there is this new rabbi who is turning the world upside down this new famous young rabbi who's taking the world by storm and now he is coming home and so when we get to verse 16 we're supposed to understand that Jesus is the newest fad he is the newest teacher everyone is raving about him the synagogue is going to be jam-packed full of people so this is the popularity of Jesus which leads to the pattern of Jesus what is the pattern of Jesus what is he doing when it comes to ministry he's travelling around all of Galilee and he's teaching in the synagogue and it says that people are praising him now some translations say that they were glorifying him everyone is there he's the latest and greatest thing but what is he actually doing what is his pattern and I think that his pattern when he look at it is so simple and it's simple on purpose it's simple so that you can follow it that's the whole idea of being a Christian the idea of being a Christian is not primarily that you have certain ideas in your mind but the idea of being a Christian is that you follow Jesus Christ that you actually copy his life you imitate what he did and what we're going to see here is that Jesus had a very simple pattern we're not going to see the full range of things that Jesus did throughout the course of his ministry but we're going to see the foundational pieces to the ministry of Jesus Christ and there are two parts and so this look at verse 16 it says he came to Nazareth where he had been brought as usual he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him and unrolling the scroll he found the place where it was written and then he goes on and he reads Isaiah 61 so there are two parts to his ministry first is that Jesus went to the synagogue on the Sabbath Jesus went to the synagogue on the Sabbath that's very clear in verse 16 he came out to Nazareth where he had been brought up as usual he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day instead of to read now the the word synagogue it just means assembly or gathering and a synagogue was a place for Jewish people to gather together for the purpose of worshiping the Lord and so when you look at the nation of Israel it was filled with synagogues and even outside of Israel it was filled with synagogue their synagogues their synagogues all over the place wherever Jewish people were at all you had to have to have a synagogue was ten Jewish men who were committed to having a synagogue and so that meant that wherever a Jewish community was that you could basically have a synagogue and they would gather together to do three things very simple things first they gather together to sing / pray in the Jewish mind they thought of praying and singing is almost the same thing we have the Book of Psalms which we just got done studying which are prayers but they were also sung and so someone would be often begin the synagogue service by leading the people of God in a prayer / song they would go through the Psalms the second thing they would do is they would read the scriptures out loud someone would get up and they would grab the scroll of one of the Old Testament Scriptures and they would read a portion of that scroll then the third thing they would do is that someone would get up and they would explain the scriptures they would explain what they're hearing and every synagogue was to have some sort of synagogue that leader or some sort of rabbi that was responsible for the worship of God in that synagogue on the weekends and some synagogues were were designed for a lot of people in the larger cities and some synagogues were designed for only maybe a couple dozen people and Nazareth is a tiny City at this time so this would have been a very small synagogue here's a picture of a synagogue in Nazareth if you want to go to the next slide here as you can see this is not a very big place so it's designed maybe for a couple dozen people but in our minds when we're trying to envision what's going on we shouldn't think of a giant auditorium filled with people that Jesus doesn't know what should be in our minds is just a few dozen people with a room that is completely packed with people that Jesus has grown up with so this is this is the first part of his pattern is that he went to synagogue to the synagogue on the Sabbath and I don't know if you've ever made this connection before in your mind but the way that we worship as Christians for the last 2,000 years has heavily been modeled after the worship that happened in the synagogue that the earliest Christians were Jewish people and when they came to faith in Christ they didn't throw away the they didn't they didn't get rid of the synagogue worship but rather they adapted what was happening in the synagogue and they made Jesus Christ the focus were oftentimes they would remember the Lord through communion but they kept the same basic elements and so for the past 2,000 years Christians have modeled their worship after the worship that happened in the synagogue by the Jewish people and so that's what we're doing even here this morning we began with the time of singing and that time of singing isn't something that we have to do before we get to the message but if you think about what we're doing here it's actually a very important thing that if you're here and you're a Christian we begin with the time of singing so that you can focus your affections on Christ that songs are intended to to get your mind moving they're intended to help you think rightly about God and then your praise and your affections go to God so it should be a time of singing and prayer then there's a time to hear the Word of God and to hear the word of God explained and so that is basically what we're doing and then we're going conclude the service with communion and then worshiping the Lord again but this is what Christians have done these basic elements this is what Christians have done for 2,000 years and I think the important phrase the keys the key phrase here is as usual as usual this was Jesus's pattern which if that was his pattern growing up he's about thirty years old now when we come to Luke chapter four and if this was his pattern and this was his local synagogue than that then that means that Jesus had gone to this synagogue that were reading about here in Luke 4 thousands of times week after week after week with the same exact people doing the same thing over and over and over again and I was thinking this week about how many bad sermons Jesus must have heard over the course of those years I mean every sermon would be a bad sermon and compared to Jesus I know that by me can you think about Jesus just sitting there listening to another bad sermon just thinking what is this guy talking about but week after week after week Jesus is attending synagogue with his family and with people in his community Luke 2:52 says this and Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and with people it says that Jesus increased in wisdom that means that Jesus had to learn and I don't know what your image is of Jesus when he became a man but he became a man he didn't just hit a button on the side of his head while he downloaded all the information in the universe that's not what happened that Jesus really was a man and he increased in learning he increased in wisdom he increased in the scriptures and in at least part of the way God intended for the Son of God to learn the Bible was through these synagogue services which I think points to the outrageous humility of God that Jesus the god man would learn the scriptures at least partially through other people I mean can you imagine that being your task what is your task what is your job synagogue ruler synagogue leader your job is to teach Jesus the Bible I mean that would be a very big task and can you imagine that humility of Jesus just week after week not pointing out to everyone I'm the Messiah because year after year going to the synagogue they're reading about the coming Messiah year after year the reading about all the promises that God made to the people of Israel about this coming kingdom and coming Messiah and Jesus is the Messiah and he's six years old and he's sitting in the synagogue and then he's eight years old and he's listening to the scriptures and he's the Messiah and they don't even know who he is deniz 12 that's just that's just little adolescent Jesus peach fuzz mustache Jesus that's who he is he's just Joseph's kid and then he's 18 and then he's 22 and then he's 25 and he's a carpenter and then he's 30 I mean it's just this in in my mind this incredible picture of humility to sit in that synagogue week after week for years listening to people explain the Word of God the humility not to electrocute someone when they said something wrong from the pulpit I mean this is incredible this is the base his basic pattern is that Jesus went to church and unfortunately in our culture it is totally acceptable and even expected that if you claim the name of Jesus that you don't that doesn't necessarily mean you regularly go to church it is totally acceptable in our culture to say yes I'm a Christian but no I don't go to church or yes I'm a Christian but I go to church once every two or three months that is totally acceptable I read a story this week about a mom who wanted to go to church with her kids on Easter like last week and she was getting her kids up but she couldn't get her sixteen-year-old son up and so she went into his room and she's you know get up get up but he wouldn't get up and so this mom had an idea and her idea was that she had a Taser in the house and so she went got her taser and she tased her son now that might be an effective way to get your son out of bed but the problem is that it's also an effective way to get arrested and so she got arrested as she probably should and so if you're a parent I would advise you not to tase your kids but it's a picture in my mind of the struggle that so many people have to just get up to go worship with the people of God they just I can't even get out of bed to go worship with the people of God or the struggle to prioritize gathering on a regular basis to worship with the people of God and this is so simple but it can be overlooked the Jesus went to synagogue the second part of his pattern is that Jesus taught the Bible Jesus taught the Bible Luke emphasizes this all throughout the Ministry of Jesus and I'm not going to show you all the verses but over and over and over again he just keeps saying in Luke and Jesus was teaching and Jesus was teaching and Jesus was teaching in verse 15 it says he was teaching in their synagogues being praised by everyone Luke 4 31 and 32 then he went down to Capernaum a town in Galilee and he was teaching them on the Sabbath they were astonished at his teaching it just keeps going and going and going and going that Jesus was a Bible teacher that is what he did and in Nazareth here he's - he's teaching them he's teaching them the Word of God he either directly quotes or references for Old Testament passages which means that Jesus knew the Bible and he knew the Bible not because he downloaded it hit a button and download it downloaded the Bible he knew the Bible because he studied it he knew the Bible because he loved it he knew the Bible because he gave himself to it and I don't know what your core commitments are in in your life but I think virtually everybody has some sort of core commitments every person at least that I know like if you just kind of sweep everything away from their heart you you'll find some things that they're very core that they don't move on like some parents I think this is oftentimes very good some parents they'll be like I'm never I'm never missing one of my kids baseball games I'm gonna be at every game and there's something really healthy and good about that I'm not saying everyone needs to have that core commitment but a lot of people do I think that's probably a lot of situations that's good I'm never is a baseball game or I'm never gonna miss a soccer game or I'm gonna be at every single event of my kids and then some people they think to themselves I will never miss an episode of Game of Thrones or Thrones or The Walking Dead or Roseanne or whatever TV show is on or I will never miss an Iowa Hawkeye football game I will never miss it an Iowa State cycle and football game I'll never miss those things and so I don't know what your core commitments are in your life but if you can make two core commitments in your life your life will never be the same it will permanently alter the trajectory of your life here they are here they are one go to church go to church go to a Bible teaching Church and show up the way that you're supposed to show up and sing show up and worship the Lord show up to hear the word of God show up to remember the Lord through Communion show up to be in fellowship with one another to actually care about other people show up with an expectation to hear from God and the other commitment is read the Bible read the Word of God to sweep away other things in your schedule that you might get into the Word of God and I believe if you can make these two commitments in your life I'm not saying for you know do this for a week and then everything's different that's not what I'm saying I'm saying over the course of a year five years ten years it will it will change the entire trajectory of your life if you can go to church and read the Bible and I think if you do that God will use your life in ways you can't even imagine now right now God God if if you were to be told what God would do with your life if you could just make these two core commitments you prot you may not even believe it but he'll change everything and I believe when you examine the lack of joy that Christians have the lack of joy that they have in Christ when you examine the lack of passion that Christians have for the kingdom of God when you examine the lack of real life transformation I would say the overwhelming majority of the time it is because of a failure to do at least one of these two things you just boil it down what's going on well you can't go to church and you can't read the scriptures or you can't do one of it one or the other but if you can have these two things in your life I'm telling you everything will be different now you might be thinking well that sounds too simple these two things well I'm not saying this is the these are the only things you have to ever have to worry about that's not what I'm saying that these are the foundation of a healthy spiritual life well it sounds too simple well I want you to examine the foundation of your physical health what is the foundation of your physical health well if you could boil it down it would be eating right and exercising and if you can eat right and exercise you will spare yourself much pain now does it cure everything that's not what I'm saying that's not my point I'm just saying if you can eat right and exercise eat right and exercise it is the foundation of being physically a physically healthy person and the same thing is true spiritually if you can go to the work or go to the Bible and love the Word of God and go worship with the people of God it'll change your life now I understand that eating a quinoa spinach kale smoothie doesn't always sound that exciting like I I get that like it's just not that exciting but if you want to be a healthy person you want to look like Tom Brady maybe then you need to eat healthy and buy a Tom Brady Jersey and you'll be healthy and that's just basic science just basic reality just this is the foundation eat right exercise spiritually worship with the people of God read the scriptures and explain what it means explain what it means that's his pattern num number three is the purpose of Jesus what is he hoping to accomplish so he's going around from town to town he's teaching in the synagogue he does this throughout his entire ministry what is he hoping to accomplish what's his purpose well it's pretty exciting if you look over 17 it says the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him and unrolling the scroll he found the place where it was written the Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor he has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind to set free the oppressed to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and then he 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 they began by saying to them today as you listen this scripture has been fulfilled ok so what does Jesus doing in his teaching what is he doing he's doing two things first Jesus is claiming to be the Messiah Jesus is claiming to be the Messiah and I it is hard to explain how big this is in the mind of the Jews this is such a big deal because if you were a god-fearing Jewish man or woman you knew all the promises that were given to you by God about the coming Messiah you knew about them and you were waiting for them you were waiting for the for those promises to be fulfilled you were waiting for the Messiah to come it's not exactly the same thing but it's very similar to how if you're a Christian what are you waiting for in your life what's your great hope your great hope is that the Lord Jesus would return isn't that true I mean it wouldn't that be a wonderful thing there's a baseball game going on people are fighting over here about this thing and all of a sudden the Lord Jesus returns and you just look you like wait a second there's Jesus he's right there I'm one that'd be a wonderful thing isn't that what we're hoping for us Christians to see the Lord return and be a beautiful wonderful thing and in the same way the Jewish people at this time were waiting for the Messiah to come they're waiting for the Messiah to come and so on verse 20 it says this then he 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 so so I hope you're building a mental picture here you have this packed small synagogue several dozen people gee says give me the scroll of Isaiah it's not just one book it's it's a scroll Old Testament the Old Testament was written on scroll so he said give me the scroll of Isaiah they roll out the scroll of Isaiah no chapters no verses he just goes boom right here now is this Jesus I don't know if you've ever done this have you ever said I don't know what to read in the Bible I'm just gonna open it and close my eyes and point have you ever done that well Jesus is not doing this here this is not what he's doing he knows exactly where he wants to go he's opening it up boom Isaiah 60:1 we're going to Isaiah 60:1 and he reads this passage that everyone knew was talking about the Messiah the suffering servant in the Book of Isaiah then he says in verse 21 so after he reads it hands the scroll back he sits down building suspense this is the normal pattern of the rabbis of the day and he says this verse 21 he began by saying to them today as you listen this scripture has been fulfilled let me decode that he says I'm here I'm sighs here I'm right here amazing so if they're listening and they're paying attention they're like it's not the same thing but similar to their he is in the cloud here he comes it's like no he's right this or what he's claiming Messiah is here the Messiah is here the second thing Jesus is doing is he's explaining what the Messiah is going to do in the way that he does this is by not by giving some new teaching about the Messiah but he goes back to the Old Testament a passage that everybody knew that explained what the Messiah would would do that's Isaiah 60:1 and he says this so if you look at Isaiah 61 it says the Spirit of the Lord God is on me because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted to proclaim Liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners and to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of our God's vengeance now when you compare Isaiah 61 with Luke chapter 4 what Jesus says in the synagogue of Nazareth and Nazareth there's a difference there are a couple differences and one of the key differences is that in Isaiah 61 it says this - in verse 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor , and the day of our God's vengeance but in Luke 419 it says to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor period so do you see this here Jesus takes a comma and he turns it into a period and if you know anything about language you know that commas are very important and can dramatically impact the meaning of a sentence for example I saw this magazine cover this magazine fail cover it says Rachael Ray finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog now commas are very important here because without the comment looks like she's holding her dinner she's holding her dog dinner she's gonna cook up her dog and so what happens is or her family and so this is this is the problem here when it when you don't punctuate things properly it changes the meaning and so Jesus knows that Jesus knows that and so the way that sentences worked in Hebrew it's different than in English but the same principles in play that Jesus takes out a comma and he puts a period why does he do that why why does he why does he do this well in order to answer that question we have to look at the list of things he says the Messiah is going to do we have to understand okay what is what is Jesus really trying to accomplish here what is different about Isaiah 60:1 from what Jesus is trying to do in Nazareth and so what he does is he gives this list of five things there are five things that the Messiah is going to do and really all five of these things you can sum up into one thing so he he's gonna do one thing that has all these different implications but at the very heart of what he's saying the essence of what Jesus is saying here is this he says I have come to change the world forever the Messiah is here to change the world forever and I am so happy about this I am so happy about this because the world needs to be changed permanently the world is currently divided and has been divided forever and it's hard for people to agree about anything but one thing almost everyone agrees with is that almost everyone agrees that the world is broken it doesn't matter what part of the world you travel to and you talk to people virtually everyone agrees that the world is broken I've never heard a person say man as the human race right now we're crushing it we're getting it right we got this right we're knocking out of the park old hole-in-one grand slam home run everyone says the world is desperately broken and Jesus says I have come to deal with the world's greatest problems and that's what Christianity is about the the world is so broken in Jesus I've come to deal with the world's greatest problems and I'm so thankful that he's he's committed to doing that I mean and it makes sense if Jesus is God becoming a man the god man it makes sense that he's going to do something substantial like wouldn't it be weird if Jesus came he says you know I've come to make your si+ life a B minus life come to just make your life a little bit better they'd be like why did you come to make my life marginally better that doesn't make any sense and so what he says is I've come to deal with the biggest problems in life now what are they what does he come to do he gives us five things this go through them we don't have time to cover all of them so I'm just gonna cover the first two with a little bit more depth of than the other last three we'll go through them fast and the reason is because all of these things get fleshed out later in our series but I just want to give you a flavor for what I think Jesus is doing so here we go number one Jesus came to help the poor Jesus came to help the poor verse 18 the Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor the Gospel of Luke addresses the poor more than any other book in the New Testament the Gospel of Luke deals with the poor and Jesus's treatment of the poor and if you have money like a lot of money you have access to many things that people without money do not have access to if you have a lot of money you have all kinds of all kinds of opportunities opportunities with education medical treatment comfort convenience pleasure experiences and the list goes on and on I was reading a story this week about people who have so much money that they literally don't know what to do with it I just have hundreds of millions maybe billions and billions of dollars and they just don't even know what to do with their money and this one man that I was reading about he he was a big fan of Elvis and so he found out that Elvis Elvis headed a barber and this barber whenever he would cut Elvis's hair would would save Elvis's hair in these little Bay and so this man found out oh this this barber of Elvis he's selling Elvis hair and so in November of 2002 this very wealthy man paid a hundred and fifteen thousand dollars for a sandwich bag full of Elvis hair that's what he did and I read that I thought what are you gonna do with the bag of Elvis hair like you're gonna have your friends over and say hey guys do you want to hold Elvis hair you can smell it if you want to I guess I mean it's just a bizarre thing it is a weird thing but you think okay this is a man he has so much money he literally just doesn't even know what to do I know I'm gonna spend a hundred fifteen thousand on bag of Elvis hair or another person spent 2.5 million dollars on a game of Monopoly Monopoly board game if you want to put this picture up it's a 24 karat gold with diamonds and jewels all over it 2.5 million dollars or another wealthy man paid 1 million dollars for a fishing hook if you want to go to the fishing hook here it's all gold with diamonds 1 million dollars and these people they just they don't it's like the point is they just don't even know what to do they don't even know what to do so I don't I know million bucks on a fishing hook and see rich people in every society forever typically tend to believe they're entitled to the best that they deserve the first chance at the most important privileges and opportunities and typically people of wealth are people of significance and it's easy to think they have the upper hand but I love that the first thing Jesus says the very first thing Jesus says is that I have come to proclaim the good news to the poor people who get first access it's not the elite the rich and the powerful I have come to proclaim good news to the poor now if you have money can you know Christ well of course but he says I've come to preach the good news to the poor I've read a number of passengers who have talked about Hell when it comes to money there are four categories of people when it comes to money here they are real quickly there's the unrighteous rich these are people who have money but they are not poor in spirit they are proud people these are people who do not give anything these are people who often will steal the hoard they exploit they'd rather be lashed than give away any of their money these are the unrighteous rich then there's the righteous rich people like Nicodemus Joseph of Arimathea or Zacchaeus we read about Zacchaeus later and Luton at 19 that we little man he's financially rich but he's poor in spirit he's a humble man and the in these people in the Bible Bibles filled with righteous rich people they they take their money and they give it away they give their money to the kingdom of God they use it to push the kingdom of God forward they're humble and fear God then there's the unrighteous poor these are people who are financially poor but they are proud in spirit they have no fear of God and typically they're poor because they make bad decisions they're unrighteous they're lazy they gambled their foolish with their money they rebel against God they are the unrighteous poor then they're the righteous rich the righteous I'm sorry the righteous poor the financially poor people who do not have money but they're poor in spirit Jesus grew up in a home where his mom and dad Mary and Joseph were poor but they were humble they were poor but they were humble before God they had a fear of God and a love for God that was Jesus's background and see the gospel is designed to make the truly poor infinitely rich in Christ's what the gospel intends to do is turn everything upside down see everyone in the world who has money tends to think I'm significant because I have money I have the upper hand because I have money I'm important because I have money or if you're poor you're insignificant you're just a little peasant you don't make a difference but see what the gospel does is it levels the playing field and it says everybody everybody has an equal standing before God and that equal standing is that we are broken sinful people who are under the wrath of God and so if you're poor or you're rich it does not make make you closer to God it's not the way that it works in fact it's much easier for people who are poor to follow Jesus do you know why well what Jesus says to everyone here in the whole world is he says if you want to come follow me you must take up your cross and follow me that's what you have to do you got to pick up the cross pick up your cross and follow me he says if you want to save your life you're gonna lose it but if you're willing to give up your life lose your life you'll find it and see for a poor person they think I don't have anything to lose they look at their pockets and they say I don't have anything in my pockets I'll follow Christ but people have a lot of money they have to be willing to submit that to the Lord Jesus and they say ah I have a lot to lose now and so there's an advantage there but Jesus came to preach the good news to the poor to help the poor Jesus came to give himself to the outcasts to the downtrodden I love what Jesus does what the Gospel message is is that Jesus gives himself how does he help the poor he says you can have me you can have me and that's what he offers to the world today you want to have Christ you can have Christ so that's number one Jesus came to help the poor number two Jesus helped or came to help the slaves to help slaves verse 18 the Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor he has sent me to proclaim release to the captives or freedom to the slaves that's what it that's the idea here he has come to proclaim freedom to the slaves and there are two kinds of slavery in the world and they are terrible and Jesus came to deal with both he came to deal with both kinds of slavery oh and I hear slaves I can't help but think about our country's history and the shameful practice of slavery then it's easy to think this man I'm happy we're done with slavery I'm happy slavery is over but in reality there is residual oppression and injustice that still happens in our country today and in America there is still real slavery around the world there is still real slavery in fact there are more people enslaved today and I mean like slaves masters like there's a master who owned slaves that's what I mean there are more people enslaved today than ever before in the history of the world we are at the height of human slavery right now I I read a study by an organization called the International Labour office and they did the study in 2014 66 pages you can't even read it if you do it it's too depressing but I'm just gonna summarize some of these things to help I believe try to capture the heart of Christ and this is what it says it says trafficking women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world this despite the fact international law and the laws of 158 countries criminalize most forms of trafficking and so even though it's outlawed in in so many countries it's still the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world so in 2013 I believe it is sex trafficking made an estimated 99 billion dollars so 99 billion dollars of profit was made through the exploitation of human beings 99 billion people having sex with slaves now just to kind of help you understand what that number is I have a graph here our chart I should say and these are the biggest sports businesses basically in the world and if NFL MLB Premier Soccer League NBA NHL than a bunch of smaller ones there's some baseball ones in there basically based baseball and soccer and if you add it all up that's forty five billion dollars that's not even half it's not even half of all the money that was made off of human beings I mean think about people it's just outrageous forced labor generates about a hundred and fifty billion dollars in profit per year this is when you include all the other slaves that are not sex slaves 100 at least 150 billion they're between 20 and 30 million adults and children enslaved today about two million children are exploited every year and the global commercial sex trade two million children every year women and girls make up 90 percent a 96% of victims and trafficking for sexual sexual exploitation and the average age of prostitutes depending where you're at in the world is between 14 and 16 years old and so this is what's happening in in the world and what you have fueling all of this is the porn industry strip clubs see the reason sex trafficking and human trafficking exists is because there's a market for it because we want to watch porn we made it we made a decision as the human race we want to watch porn and because we're gonna watch porn there's a demand there's a demand so who's gonna make it who's gonna make child porn see it's it's it's a forced industry we've decided as a human race we want strip clubs and we want to have sex with children this is why it exists and see Jesus sees all of this and this is nothing new this is what's been around for the entirety of human history and what Jesus says is this in Nazareth he says I have come to proclaim freedom to slaves I've come to proclaim freedom to slaves I've come to bring about an end of slavery and the Gospel message is the only rock-solid foundation for human freedom so as the gospel spreads so does human freedom as the gospel spreads so does human freedom and one day the Lord Jesus will eradicate slavery forever and what this should do to our soul as Christians is it should help us move into very dark places with a lot of confidence because we have the one solution for the world there is one solution for the world and it is the gospel of Jesus Christ so there's physical slavery than there's spiritual slavery which is deeper and worse I believe and this is not where you have a physical slave master it's where you're enslaved to sin do you know why you sin this is what Jesus talks about John 833 it says we're descendants of Abraham they answered him and we've never been enslaved to anyone how can you say you will become free Jesus responded truly I tell you everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin as a slave of sin so do you know why you sin because you're a slave that's what he says and these are self-selected slave masters alcohol drugs porn sex anxiety bitterness hatred we're in love with our reputation and the Bible teaches that all of this stuff that we see in society has a root system in the root system is that people are enslaved and Jesus says I have come to set people free I've come to set people free isn't that good news he says you don't you don't have to have the slave master named lust or hatred or bitterness or greed you don't have to be enslaved you can have a new master and his name is Jesus Christ that's what he's offering the world says his yoke is easy and his burden is light and he'll change you forever that's why he says if the son sets you free you will be free or you are free indeed that's why he came he came to set the prisoners free and I just think praise God praise God he's came to he has come to change the entire world okay now we really have to go fast sorry gate 3 Jesus came to help the blind physically blind spiritually spiritually blind number 4 he came to help the oppressed physically oppressed spiritually oppressed Jesus came to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor this is why Jesus turns the comma into a period because he says right now when Jesus shows up in Nazareth he says I have not come to bring judgment to the world I have come to bring salvation there's coming a day of judgment certainly there's coming a day of vengeance but Jesus says I'm here now to save you now how does Jesus accomplish all of these things what does he do well it's amazing this is what he does is it Jesus looks at all of the evil in the world just can you imagine just for a moment just think about this just even if we just took all the evil in this room all the evil in this room all the lies all the hatred all the bitterness all the lust all the pride just in this room it would be pretty ugly but what Jesus does is he takes a look at the the entirety of the human race for all time he looks at all the sin of the world and this is what he does is he absorbs it that what he does is he he carries it he takes it into himself and in doing so he makes himself a target of the vengeance of God and so he's saying in effect as I'm taking the sin of the world I'm taking the sin of the world okay so he's saying to God look at me blame me kill me that's what he's doing on the cross it's amazing and because he pays for the sin of the world he can look at you and offer you eternal life he can say he can say to you all of your sins can be done all of them can be wiped away all of them can be removed from you because I took them I carried them I paid for them and now the sin is out of the way we can have a relationship that's amazing now I want you to try to put yourself into the mind of someone who lives in Nazareth okay now back to Nazareth I guess we've been there the whole time but we're back in Nazareth here you're sitting in the synagogue and here's Jesus the hometown kid teaching the Bible doing miracles explaining I'm the Messiah here to change the whole world forever okay you get this image what could go wrong what could go wrong cuz it goes really bad from here or a little bit after here it goes really bad now this is what it says in verse 29 they got up and drove him out of town and brought him to the edge of the hill that their town was built on intending to hurl him off the cliff so this is how it concludes they're like alright enough they take him they march them towards a cliff they're gonna throw them off a cliff goes bad so what happens how can this go bad well if you'd like to know the answer you're gonna have to come back next week next week we will explain how this thing goes so bad but just to close here's the one thing for you I would encourage you follow the example of Jesus in these two areas in every area but in these two areas go to church make church a priority obviously people get sick obviously kids get SiC obviously things come up but just in your soul make a commitment to go to church and to go to church to worship the Lord to sing to hear the word of God to be in fellowship to remember what the Lord has done for you to actually just go to church be a Christian gather with the people of God and number two read the Bible read the Bible this this week just read the Bible now if you don't read the Bible for yourself there are a few reasons you won't do it probably one is that you'll read a devotional and you'll say that counts it doesn't count it just doesn't count are they bad no but it doesn't count read the Bible read the Word of God the other reason you won't do it is because you're busy you're busy but if you ask anyone here who reads the Bible or any Christian around the world you say hey why do you read the Bible I guarantee you they're not gonna say this at least most people aren't gonna say this well I'm just not a busy person I don't have anything else to do so I read the Bible that's not what's happening everyone's busy and your life is getting busier so I would encourage you carve out 20 minutes carve out 30 minutes and go get with God go get with God and read his word read his word and I'm telling you if this hasn't been the pattern go to church read the Bible make it the pattern of your life and see what God will do let's pray Lord Jesus we thank you for being willing to come to earth Lord Jesus you stepped into such a mess the world is so broken and I'm thank you I thank you Lord that you came to change the world the world needs to be changed and I thank you that the Gospel message is the only message that provides legitimate hope to the world and Lord just even as your ambassadors I pray that you would help us not to be blind Lord we can just live in our own little bubbles our little bubbles where we don't even look at what's happening our little bubbles of comfort and convenience and God I pray I just pray that you would you would break our hearts I pray just this room would be full of brokenhearted people people that see the world like you see the world and I pray we'd be we would be willing to move out in confidence knowing that the Gospel message is what the world needs more than anything else and I pray for the Saints here today to God I just I prayed for some they need to start a new habit of actually going to church and reading your word and I pray that you give them grace to stick with it and as you lead them into more things I pray they would obey you but help us we pray in Jesus name amen.
Pastor Dan Rude kicks off the second installment of our sermon series on the Gospel of Luke. Dan discusses the reputation of Jesus and how His priorities upend religious and world systems that are opposed to God.