Who’s your Dad?

11 02 2011

Some things are self-evident!

The people of Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth thought the answer to their question was self-evident too – Jesus was Mary and Joseph’s son.  But then he started to speak, to teach, and to challenge their assumptions.

The people became antsy and no wonder. 

Jesus was a regular synagogue attender and this week he is invited to read from the ancient prophecy of Isaiah –

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,that the blind will see,that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”

Imagine the whisperings – “Doesn’t he read nicely; what a lovely voice; good to see the young people getting involved.”  Then they quieten and stare at him…waiting.

“This Scripture has come true today before your very eyes!”

“When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious.  Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.”

Why the about turn?  What is Jesus  saying? 

The reading from Isaiah is another grace note.  It is a promise that one day a Saviour, a Redeemer, will come to deal with the mess that mankind has made of life. 

So what is Jesus saying?

“I am God’s Son, the promised Saviour, the one who brings hope.  It is self-evident.”




One response

12 02 2011

Jesus is often portrayed as so wet we can’t understand why he got crucified. But his claims were so outrageous, it’s amazing he wasn’t bumped off sooner.
I like the quote, probably apocryphal, from a bishop who once said, “Everywhere Jesus went there was a riot, everywhere I go they serve me tea.” Maybe we are missing something… !

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