Isaiah in the New Testament
Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:14-30
Jesus inaugurated his public ministry with a sermon preached from Isaiah 61:1-2. In it he proclaimed that the Spirit of God had anointed him to bring good news to the bankrupt, freedom for those in bondage, light and sight to the blind, and healing for the broken-hearted.
Why, then, did the citizens of his hometown get so angry that they wanted to throw him off a cliff? In short, Jesus told them (just as Isaiah had centuries ago) that this good news, freedom, light, sight, and healing was coming not only for Jews but also for the Gentiles, including the Romans by whom the Jews had been oppressed for the previous 90 years.
Questions for personal reflection and/or group discussion
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