Imagine that you are in Nazareth at the time of Jesus life on Earth. You go to the synagogue every Sabbath and one day a local, Jesus, comes in. He’s back from spending forty days in the wilderness, not eating. He’s back in his home town and in He comes. He stands up to read and the book of Isaiah is handed to Him. He opens the book and chooses this passage:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
He closes the book and sits down. You, like everyone else present, stare at Him. This man who some have watched grow through boyhood has just proclaimed that He is the One. Jesus then turns to you all and says, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
The thing is… you know He’s not crazy. Why do we find it so hard to believe in miracles? I think that’s the question that we all need to ask ourselves. You can find the above scripture in Luke 4:14-21 and if you read a little further, you’ll find that He angers the crowd of Jews to the point that they chase Him out and are ready to push Him off the edge of a cliff. Why? He was bringing peace to the Gentiles and not just Jews. He told them this with more quotations from the Old Testament. This was huge and mortifying to those gathered in the synagogue.
Knowing Jesus will bring huge and mortifying things into our own lives as His Light reveals what we cannot hide. The Truth of His Word is powerful and life changing. I pray that you have found it this Christmas and are willing to embrace the One.