Luke 4:14-17 Fulfillment
14 And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding region. 15 And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all. 16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to Him. And He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
The word of God teaches if you love Him, keep His commandments and remember to obey Jesus Christ. The Christian Church teaches practicing life and living it the WWJD way, meaning what Jesus would do. In Luke chapter 4, Jesus kept the custom of Sabbath worship, His WWJD. He had been teaching and preaching in different houses of God around the Galilee area. In verse 16, Jesus is in Nazareth, the home where He grew up, and it is His time to do scripture reading, another WWJD practice. In this particular Sabbath service, Jesus was handed a scroll of Isaiah, and He read a prophetic word about Himself, the fulfillment of the Messiah. The stage is set; Jesus reads the words what His Spirit told the prophet Isaiah to write about 700 years before He became Immanuel (God with us).
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the Lord anointed me to bring good news to the humble; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release to captives and freedom to prisoners; 2 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn.
Of course, Jesus came to set captives free; He wanted to do His Father’s will to save the world from sin and death. When Jesus was done reading the scroll of Isaiah, He sat down. All eyes were on Him because He had read scripture with such authority. They all marveled at what they heard until they heard Him say the scripture had been fulfilled in their presence. He is Jesus, the son of the carpenter Joseph, not of God. They refused to accept Jesus’ good news gospel because they were stubborn. Deaf ears heard the anointing that the book of Isaiah prophesies about. So their hearts remained hard to the truth, so they stayed captive by their disbelief. Blind to the truth, they became very hateful and wanted to kill Jesus of Nazareth.
Luke 4:28 So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. 30 Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.
The WWJD would teach the followers of Christ that they should not kill others, even their enemies. The WWJD teaches us not to forsake the assembly with other worshippers. To attend the house of God worship regardless if it is full of imperfect worshippers. I heard a story of a man who woke up one morning and felt an urge to attend a local church. He put on his best clothes, which were just overalls, and made his hair and beard try to look nice. As he walks inside the church, all eyes turn to him. He did not see friendly eyes looking at him, and no one gave him a friendly welcome. He heard children laughing, so the feeling of being unwelcomely increased, and the man because sad in his heart. When he was about the leave, the pastor and others told him to come back dressed more reverent next time. As he was walking home, he was crying. A man walks behind him and puts His arm around, asking, what is wrong, My friend? He answered I wanted to learn about Jesus today, so I went to that church, and they did not welcome or accept me. The Man said, “ My son, My name is Jesus Christ, and I have never been accepted in that church. Will you welcome Me into your house today, and we will have a meal together. ? God bless you all; the Lord of the Sabbath loves you, and so do I. His bondservant, Samuel Jerry Head.
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed, 19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”