“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Read 4:14-17. What happens as Jesus returns to Galilee? (14) How do people in the synagogues respond to his teaching? (15) What does Jesus do in Nazareth on the Sabbath? (16) What passage does he read from the scriptures? (17, Isaiah 61:1-2)
Read 4:18-19. What is said in the passage that Jesus reads? (18, 19) What do each of the following phrases mean to you: “a good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor”?
Read 4:20-22. What happens when Jesus finishes and sits down? (20) What does Jesus proclaim to the people? (21) What response does Jesus receive from the people? (22) What do you think their response shows about these people in Nazareth?
Read 4:23-30. What does Jesus say to the people of Nazareth? (23) What does Jesus say happens to a prophet in his hometown? (24) What examples does Jesus give to the people? (25-27) How do the people respond to Jesus’ statements? (28, 29) What does Jesus do? (30)