Jesus ministered in His sincere love for God and people, from His Divine and human heart. In studying the humanity of Jesus, we are studying humanity as it should be. Luke brings this into sharp focus for us. As we follow Jesus through these verses, seeing how His heart was turned to even one of the most destitute, despised people, and turned to God above all, let's think carefully about how our hearts should be turned in following Him through God's will for us.
Jesus fished like no other. But Jesus' fishing was about a lot more than fish. Jesus wanted these men to catch a lot more than a lot of fish, as He was there to catch a lot more than a lot of fish. So, as we step through this story, we need to catch more than a story about a miraculous catch of a lot of fish. We need to let down our nets into the deep waters of the intersection of our common condition and Jesus' holiness and call.
We have more to learn about Jesus as we follow Him through the rest of this day, into the next, at Capernaum. We will go from looking at more on His power to how His power relates to His higher purpose. We will go from looking at His power over diseases and demons to His higher purpose of preaching God's dominion. As we go with Jesus through this, hold out to Him what you want Him to do in your life in His power, and think carefully about how that relates to what He wants to do in your life in His purpose.
JESUS SHOWS HIS AUTHORITY & POWER IN CAPERNAUM, PART 1: HIS AUTHORITY & POWER IN HIS WORD (LUKE 4:31-37)
We will see Jesus do some incredible things in Capernaum. As we begin our look at Jesus' time in Capernaum, we are going to look at Luke's emphasis on His authority and power in His Word, in direction and over demons. In this moment in the Capernaum synagogue, Jesus showed His authority and power to tell people and demons what to do. He left no doubt as to Who is really in charge.
How did Jesus' fellow Nazarenes respond to His assertion that He was the Anointed One among them? What we see is disturbing. It's ugly. It should turn our stomachs at seeing the depravity the human heart is capable of. Additionally, we should hear a warning from Jesus about coming to Him with any assumptions and sense of entitlement. But embedded in the warning is a word of joy.
What Jesus had to say to His fellow Nazarenes, they were not expecting. Joining them in their small synagogue, He made no small statement about Who He is and why He was sent into the world. As you listen, understand that Jesus is no less present with us now, than He was with them then. And understand that His message is no less meaningful for us now, than it was for them then.
While we cannot go back in time to go with Jesus, we can go into the Gospels to go with Him and get to know Him better. After showing how Jesus was tried and found to be true, Luke turns us to Jesus' public ministry. In these two verses, Luke gives us an overview of the early days of Jesus' public ministry. We look at the power, the news, the teaching, and the praise of Jesus.
We come to take one last look at the devil's temptation of Jesus in His humanity. In knowing our enemy, we will see what we can learn about the devil in how he tempts us in our humanity. And ultimately in knowing ourselves and our Lord, we will see what we can learn from our Lord to help us in our humanity.
JESUS TEMPTED BY THE DEVIL WITH THE PRIDE OF LIFE: "THROW YOURSELF DOWN FOR THE ANGELS TO LIFT YOU UP" (LUKE 4:9-12)
People are doing things for their own reasons, regarding what they want in life. That is the pride of life. What did Jesus want out of life? Remember, He is the Son of God. Did that truth never, even for an instant, go to His head, especially in being a Man that appeared to be so common among other men? Did He ever think, "Maybe I should do something to really make Myself stand out." That's exactly what the devil hoped He would do.
In the lust of the eyes, we are tempted to do wrong for things we think are right for us. Jesus was not blind to the world. Jesus looked at the world with the eyes of a real man. He processed what He saw with the mind and emotions of a real man. Did His foot never slip - never stumble over what He saw, in the desire to have it? If not, where was His focus as He faced so much He could have had? We will see, as we look at Him face the devil in the devil's temptation to have it all the devil's way.
Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”