Vs. 1, “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert.” Jesus’ ministry would begin with a triumphant victory over the enemy in the desert. What Adam in the garden of Eden could not do…Jesus did! Not only did Jesus resist temptation, we see Jesus’ devotion to the Father. When we go through our own temptations, we know Jesus went through all of them too (Heb. 2), so it gives us that much more confidence. About a year since the temptation and ministry has gone by that we come across Jesus visiting Nazareth. How sad it was for those in Nazareth who rejected their own in Jesus. In fact, they wanted to throw Jesus off the cliff, but he escaped (vs. 29). We are once again reminded of His calling to preach the Good News and heal many whom He came across.
Regarding application…Living the Truth. Vs. 28, “All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.” Question: What were they furious about? Jesus gave them two examples in Scripture that proclaimed mercy and salvation would come also to the Gentiles. But by doing this, it also showed the folly of the Jews. This made them so upset they wanted to kill Jesus. But, Jesus did not come to preach “happy” messages all the time. Yes, God is gracious and loving and we accept that. But, God is also a God of judgement and wrath…and that’s not always easy to understand. The Jews rebelled because they didn’t like hearing they were wrong. When we stand up for our Father in heaven, that means that we cannot always please others. There will be times when you have to say “No” to others who want you to do something that goes against His Word (Bible). But we have to not only walk the walk, but in this case, we have to talk the talk. People are not going to like you standing up and not giving in to peer pressure. They will think you are acting like you are better than them…just like the Jews felt when Jesus gave mercy also to the Gentiles and they were not. Let’s not be ashamed of who we are as Christians and stand up for the truth in all situations of our lives!