Friday, March 11, 2022
Salvation For All From
The Beginning of Time
“And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath. And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way.”
After Jesus’ temptation by the devil in the wilderness, he returned to Nazareth in Galilee, his own hometown. During the synagogue service, Jesus, as a learned man, was called upon to deliver a sermon. He preached on Isaiah 61:1-2. He spoke as the Messiah to deliver all from sin. The people present who heard his teaching were amazed and resented that Joseph’s son would speak with such grace and claim to virtually be the Messiah. Jesus responded that he knew that no prophet was accepted in his own hometown.
In his first sermon at his own synagogue, Jesus reminded the faithful Jewish people that “There were many persons with skin diseases in Israel during prophet Elijah’s time, but only Naaman the Gentile was cleansed.” This reminder of God’s inclusive grace made Jesus’ hometown crowd so angry that they ran him out of town.
Think of it. Jesus from the beginning of his ministry proclaimed his message of salvation to all, not just the Jews. But many Jews were unable to accept this offer of inclusive salvation which resulted in Jesus’ death on the cross. It took Paul to spread the message far and wide. A miracle for the ages.
Prayer: We are filled with gratitude for your plan revealed to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus, your Son. A plan for all believers. A plan for all time. Be with us as we study and learn about this plan. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.