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Jesus Teaches in the Synagogue
Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21

In the Gospel of Luke,  we learn of the beginning of Jesus’ teaching in the synagogues of Galilee. This text is important because it highlights several points about the teachings of Jesus and the word of God.

First, we find Jesus entering the Synagogue on the Sabbath; according to his custom, the Sabbath was to remain sacred, reserved for worship. Jesus regularly too time to worship, showing us the importance of communal worship.

Next, during his time in the Synagogue, Jesus routinely not only read the scriptures, but offered an explanation of their meaning. Jesus then took the meaning and  applied it to everyday life.  In the process he taught us how to approach and learn from the Bible. Some Bible passages can be confusing so explanation is important when we read scripture. Applying its lessons in our daily lives is equally important. Jesus came into the world to bring glad tidings to us.

Finally, Jesus provided details of his mission: “to bring glad tidings to the poor… to proclaim liberty to captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free and to announce a year of favor from the Lord.” This passage from Isaiah is a prophecy of the Messiah. When Jesus said, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing,” he confirms for his listeners that he was the awaited messiah.

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