(44 verses, 5:25 to read)
What I am about to READ
In this chapter we read of the temptation of Jesus and the beginning of His ministry.
1-13: Fresh out of the waters of Jordan River, the baptized Christ goes toe to toe with the devil and proves victorious, countering each fiery attack with the true word of God.
14-15: The word about Jesus spreads.
15-30: “No prophet is acceptable in his hometown.” Nazareth gets riled up in arms over Jesus’ proclamation of the Good News, that He is the long-awaited Messiah.
31-41: Jesus heals many and casts out demons by speaking His word.
42-44: Jesus was sent to preach His word to others.
The power of God’s word comes from its source. When God speaks – something happens. For example, God spoke…and the entire universe was created out of nothing!
As Jesus begins His ministry we hear Him speak the same all-powerful, divine word as His Father in heaven. For this man is God almighty. So naturally, when Jesus speaks something happens! His word has the power to stop the sly, Scripture-twisting tongue of the devil. It has the power to rebuke fevers and heal broken bodies. It has the power to shut up demons and cast them out. And it has the power to create life in spiritual corpses.
Yet, in Nazareth we are reminded that Jesus word, and thus Jesus Himself, can be rejected. Jesus’ neighbors in Nazareth heard His word, but refused to believe it. The reality that Jesus could be the Anointed One prophesied about in Isaiah 61 was a pill too bitter to swallow. So, they responded just as any enemy of the Gospel would – they tried to kill Him and silence His word.
But Jesus’ word would not be silenced that day, rather it continued as He preached the Good News in other towns…just as is it to this very day.
God’s word is powerful because God is powerful. The Lord of all creation has created faith in your heart and mind, where previously there was nothing but hatred of the Gospel, hell-bent on silencing His word. Praise God that He did not leave you in this wretched state! Instead, He pierced through your hardened heart with the Good News that Jesus Christ is the long-awaited Messiah. He’s the One who stood firm against the devil’s temptations for you (see Hebrews 4:15). He’s the One sent to preach the Good News of the kingdom of God to all people…including you.
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.