Luke 4

Luke captures the temptation of Christ here in chapter 4.  A couple key observations – Jesus was “Himself full of the Holy Spirit”.  For far too long Christ Followers have wrestled with the Holy Spirit and what that really means to us as believers.  We tend to allow that interpretation to divide us at times rather than realize the absolute blessing and power that Christ has promised us when He said He would send the Comforter to live within us.  Jesus had the Holy Spirit living in Him.  So those who fear what that means need to take a second look.  And those who insist it must be a particular way need to remember that the Spirit is not divisive, but a gift of grace that should unite us.  When all of us are like Jesus: “led by the Spirit” – things will be as God intends.  Jesus comes out of the 40 days in the wilderness temptation and it says “he was hungry”.  So definitely man who wrestled with the same physical challenges we do.  That allows Him to understand and intercede on our behalf with compassion because He truly did experience life.  Also note what the enemy does after Jesus resisted the temptations thrown at Him.  “And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.”  The devil never truly gives up even if we overcome the temptation of the moment.  He lurks and waits for another opportunity to nail us.  We have to remain diligent in our walk with God to be prepared at every moment.

This chapter also captures Jesus return to Nazareth where He grew up.  We see those painful words: “no prophet is acceptable in His hometown” that are so often true.  I am continually amazed at how people are not considered experts in their own area but by traveling a few miles they become brilliant.  It even happens right in our homes with our own family.  Our kids think we are dumber than dirt but when another parent tells them the exact same thing they think it is an amazing piece of news.  It is reality.  But here Luke captures the reality of just how true this is.  Jesus is in the synagogue teaching and sharing truth like He has many places.  And as He pointed out God’s truth “all in the synagogue were filled with wrath”.  People got really irritated that he would share truth they didn’t want to hear.  And it got ugly as they “drove Him out of town and brought Him to the brow of the hill….so they could throw Him down the cliff”.  Why is it that we lose logic sometimes?  Jesus shared what God’s Word said, and He was the bad guy.  It was time to shoot the messenger.  “But passing through their midst, He went away”.  It wasn’t time for His departure from earth so He just walks through the crowd, but what a frustrating day it had to be.  He didn’t spend much time worrying about it though and moves on to heal and deal with life problems in other places.  People came to Him constantly and “He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them”.  Jesus was an equal opportunity healer.  He just touched people and set them free.  Oh that we could learn to love people as He did. 

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