A man with no hope comes to Jesus and finds healing and help. What a picture of all mankind in our hopeless condition of sinfulness! Jesus offers forgiveness and cleansing; and only He can do it!
Jesus demonstrates His power to provide as He calls Peter, James and John to follow Him. Seeing His power, they worship Jesus and follow Him forsaking all else!
Luke records the incredible authority of Jesus in this passage. When a Demon possessed man interrupts Jesus in the Synagogue, Jesus commands the Demon to leave. When Jesus meets Peter’s Mother-in-law who is sick, He commands the sickness to leave!
Jesus returns to Nazareth to teach in his home town synagogue. When Jesus reveals His identity as the Messiah through the written Word of God, those who know Him best do not receive it well. Consequently, Jesus limits His miraculous work in Nazareth.
Jesus began His public ministry with forty days of fasting and temptation. The key to His success both over temptation and in His miraculous ministry to follow was that He was filled with the Spirit!
John the Baptist speaks of the Baptism of the Spirit and defers to the Messiah, Jesus. God the Father agrees during Jesus’ baptism by giving clear evidence to the Trinity.
To prepare the way for the Messiah and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God sent John the Baptist preaching repentance. Is repentance important today? How does John’s Baptim affect New Testament Christians today?
It is hard to imagine the Son of God increasing in any way at all, but in His humanity, Jesus learned and grew up. While we are not sinless as He was, we should not hesitate to pattern our lives after Him and be obedient. There is much for us to learn!
The fulfillment of a life lived in anticipation of the Messiah is to see Him face to face. Both Simeon and Anna are examples to us all as we strive to keep our focus as we live our busy lives.
Why did God send an angel to tell the shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem about the birth of Jesus? Why not someone else? Would God have sent an angel to inform me?