Jesus returned to Galilee powerful in the Spirit. News that he was back spread through the countryside. He taught in their meeting places to everyone's acclaim and pleasure.
He came to Nazareth where he had been reared. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place. When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,
God's Spirit is on me;
he's chosen me to preach the Message of good news to
Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and
recovery of sight to the blind,
To set the burdened and battered free,
to announce, "This is God's year to act!"
He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the assistant, and sat down. Every eye in the place was on him, intent. Then he started in, "You've just heard Scripture make history. It came true just now in this place."
This is how Jesus saw Himself. As disciples of His, we are to be pursuing the same things He pursued ... how personally do we really take this? How personally do we really work to bring freedome to the poor, the bline, and the burdened and battered?
Jesus, I believe, did not come just to save us ... but to transform us ... and for us to in turn transform the world.
How well do you think we do at keeping up our end of the bargain?