“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
-Luke 4:21 NIV
After being away for a while, Jesus returned to His home town of Nazareth. He went into the synagogue and the attendant handed Him the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah to read. Jesus read a portion of Isaiah 61 which describes the mission of the Messiah (anointed one) that God would send to save His people. After reading it, Jesus sat down while all the people in the synagogue were looking at Him and He said, “Today these words are fulfilled in your hearing.” Some say Jesus never claimed to be God. He did here. In Isaiah chapter 9 God reveals that the Messiah will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father. In other words, the Messiah would be God and Jesus just claimed to be God. The people in Jesus hometown took offense at this and tried to toss Jesus off a cliff. Fair enough, Jesus did come to earth to die, but not at the bottom of a cliff outside Nazareth. Jesus was on a mission to die on the cross and rise from the dead to once and for all pay for your sins, my sins, and the sins of all people. Mission accomplished. Rather than take offense at Jesus, we worship Him and thank Him with our daily words and actions. Nazareth may not be our hometown, but Jesus is definitely our hero.