December 4, 2019- Advent 4- Luke 4 – Jesus is Tempted, A Prophet in His Home Town

Read Luke 4.

Right after Jesus is baptized, he heads off to the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After forty days of fasting, Satan tempts Jesus by saying, “You can turn the stones to bread.” To which Jesus responds, “Man shall not live by bread alone.”

Baptism is only the beginning. Jesus was tempted and so are we. He faced the temptations common to man- and answered Satan with the Word of God.

How well would we fare if we were the ones brought to the pinnacle of the Temple and promised the kingdoms of the world?

When Jesus returns from the wilderness, he teaches in Galilee, where He was well received.

Nazareth, on the other hand, was not so accepting of their home town prophet. “Is this not Joseph’s son?,” they taunted. Perhaps some of the people in the synagogue knew of the circumstances behind Jesus’ birth and found them a bit sketchy.

Jesus fans the flames of the Nazarenes’ indignation and unbelief by reminding them that not all miracles are for all people at all times. Elijah only visited on one of many widows during the famine, and she was an “outsider.” Of all the lepers in Israel when Elisha was around, only Naaman the Syrian- another outsider- was healed.

As Jesus goes on to Capernaum, He casts out demons and heals the sick. He heals Simon Peter’s mother who was sick and almost at death.

Yet not everyone was healed. No one in Nazareth was healed.

The demons knew full well who Jesus was. They feared Him, but they did not love or trust Him.

The question for us is who is this Jesus? Do we trust Him, knowing Who He is?