Even in the life of Jesus, we see God showing up. Now that may seem like a strange sentence, and a strange thought since Jesus is God. Why wouldn’t we “see” God in Jesus’ life? But the other day while reading Luke 4, I saw God show up in the happenings in the synagogue.
Here’s what it says in Luke: When he (Jesus) came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. The scroll containing the messages of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him, and he unrolled the scroll to the place where it says:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
Did you see God there? Did you see what was handed to Jesus? The messages of Isaiah! Now granted, there were fewer messages at that time that had been written down, and I don’t know what each scroll contained. Was it one small part or the whole of Isaiah? But whether it was or wasn’t, Jesus was handed the scroll that described Him perfectly. On that day, Father God from Heaven above provided Son God on Earth below with the perfect reading for His introduction to His ministry.
It goes on to say: He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. Everyone in the synagogue stared at him intently. Then He said, “This Scripture has come true today before your very eyes!”
No big fanfare on Jesus’ part, just simply said! And if you read this story further, you will see that those gathered there not only didn’t believe what Jesus was saying, but Jesus went on to tell them some things that made them furious enough to mob Jesus and take Him to the edge of a hill and try to push Him over the cliff. Obviously, He escaped!
Things work as God designs them. Jesus introduced Himself to those in attendance in the synagogue, and He did so with confidence in who He was, is, and is to come! Jesus had become well known around Galilee.
He taught in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. Luke 4:15
But when He took it a step further, or should we say when Father God took Him a step further and guided the Words of Isaiah into His hands that day, that was bold. It was also astonishing to those who knew Him only as Joseph’s son. God was showing up big time! Most people missed it! And most didn’t like it! Jesus went on His way to perform miracles in other places where He would be accepted and believed!
How often are we part of "the most" who miss what God so lovingly hands us?
When Searching And Noticing the Divine, look for hidden nuggets everywhere!