Sunday October 18, 2020 | Jesus Taught in Nazareth
Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote about God’s plan to send a Messiah. The Messiah would bring good news and redeem people who were broken and hurting. Jesus read Isaiah’s words and announced that He is the promised Messiah.
Jesus went to the town of Nazareth where He lived when He was a young boy. Now Jesus was grown up. He traveled all around and taught people about God. On the Sabbath day, Jesus went to the synagogue. The synagogue was a building where Jews met together to pray, worship God, and learn about the Scriptures. One of the ways people worshiped God was by listening to God’s Word. Jesus stood up to read God’s Word. He opened a scroll. The scroll had words on it from the prophet Isaiah long ago. Jesus read: “God’s Spirit is on Me. He has chosen Me to tell good news to the poor. He has sent Me to tell the captives that they are free, to help the blind people see, to free people who have been treated badly, and to announce that God’s favor is on us.” Then Jesus rolled up the scroll. He gave it to a man who worked in the synagogue, and then He sat down. The people in the synagogue stared at Jesus, waiting for Him to say something. Jesus said, “These words came true today.” Yes, Isaiah’s words came true because Isaiah’s words were about Jesus! God was with Jesus, and God had chosen Jesus to tell people good news. Many of the people in the synagogue were happy. Jesus was saying wonderful things! Jesus knew the people in Nazareth would not accept Him. “No prophet is accepted in his hometown,” He said. Jesus told the people about times when God used prophets to help people who were not Jews. When Jesus was done talking, the people were angry. They made Jesus leave Nazareth. They wanted to hurt Jesus, but Jesus walked away.
Christ Connection: Long before Jesus was born, Isaiah the prophet talked about God’s plan to send a Messiah to earth. Jesus is the One God promised to send. Jesus would bring good news and help people who were hurting.
Babies and Toddlers
Have a Blessed Sunday!