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It was a typical service that morning.  The local elder read a passage from the Scriptures and reminded the listeners of the signs that the Messiah was coming soon.  He promised that the Messiah would appear in glory to lead the armies of Israel to victory over their armies.  

Any Israelite who visited a synagogue might be asked to read the Scriptures.  On this Sabbath, Jesus was asked to be a part of the service.  He was given a scroll from the prophet Isaiah and He read:

“The Lord has put His Spirit in me, because He appointed me to tell the Good News to the poor.  He has sent me to tell the captives they are free and to tell the blind that they can see again.  God sent me to free those who have been treated unfairly and to announce the time when the Lord will show His kindness”  ~ Luke 4:18,19

As Jesus explained the words He had read, He talked about the Messiah as Someone who would help them, heal them, and show them the truth about God.  His words, His expressions, His voice thrilled the listening people like nothing they had ever heard before.  The Holy Spirit broke down the barriers of their hearts and the idea that God cared so much that He would send this Messiah left them praising Him out loud. 

Then Jesus said, “Today, the One these Scriptures promised has come to you.”


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