THOSE WHO REJECTED JESUS (LK 4:16-30)
O Jesus, never let me reject you and lose your blessing.
Picture Jesus teaching in the synagogue of Nazareth.
In Luke’s gospel, Jesus works some early miracles in Capernaum. Then, He returns to Nazareth and goes to the synagogue. He gives his inaugural speech outlining all he hopes to accomplish. The reception is violent but Jesus escapes.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- Jesus explains the source of his divine power, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.”
- He helps the marginal people – the poor, the sick, the captives, the oppressed.
- His ministry will bring about “a time of favor to the Lord.”
- Unfortunately, his hearers refuse to accept Jesus’ claim that God has anointed him.
- They lose all his blessings. They have no faith and he can do nothing for them.
- They attempt to kill Jesus but only the Heavenly Father will determine the hour of his death.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, you are the anointed one of God. The Father sent you. Let me not reject you.
- Lord, you love me because I am poor, sick, oppressed, blind and captive to my sins.
- Your powers change me permanently. They give me a life which is “acceptable to the Father.”
- If I accept you, I will receive all of your blessings and favors.
- Jesus, come to my synagogue today. Proclaim your word in my heart. Work your wonders in my soul.
Resolution: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will not lose Jesus’ blessings today.
+ I will ask Jesus to anoint me with his Holy Spirit.
Thought for Today: (To recall your meditation.)
“The spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me.”