Jesus' First Sermon
Here's my variation on a great sermon that Jesse DuPlantis preached at Word Explosion in Tulsa a couple of years ago.
Let's take a look at Luke chapter 4 starting at verse 14. This is where Jesus just spent 40 days in the wilderness and is now filled with the Holy Spirit.14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. 15 And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
Notice the underlined above that Jesus was in the custom or habit of going to church. Imagine, for 30 years, the author of the Word would go to church to hear other's preach to him about what He wrote. Next you see that the words are in red...That means of course that this is what Jesus actually spoke. Picture this now, for 30 years, He's been waiting and now, He's going to preach His first sermon. Don't you know that He is going to take the very highest priority issues and speak on what's most important to God at the first opportunity. This sermon is very special because it tells us what God wants, what is the most important thing to Him, so important that He told Jesus to preach this first thing...18 "The Spirit of the LORD [is] upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to [the] poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to [the] captives And
recovery of sight to [the] blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD."
Now, this means that the number 1 priority of God is to put the gospel (good news) to the poor. What is good news to the poor? Ain't gonna be poor no more! Once we're no longer poor, then our broken hearts will be healed. Then, we will be set free from that which holds us captive, Then, we will be able to see, both figurative and literally...Physical healing of all types come under this...Everything that oppresses us is history now...Depression, anxiety, all the worries...
Then we know the acceptable year of the Lord...That's six things God wants us to know and experience...in order. But...God doesn't do things in 6. That's Satan's number, One more thing is missing.
20Then He closed the book, and gave [it] back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them,
"Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." Ah...The seventh thing...This Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing. When? TODAY! That is precious indeed. You see, a word like Today is present tense, It doesn't mean yesterday or last week or 2000 years ago, it means one thing and one thing only... Today. Get the understanding here. The Holy Spirit is Omnipresent, meaning that He is here now, was here then and will be here in the future, all at the same time. This is why when Jesus says something like Today, you can rejoice, because that statement is just as true 'today' as it was when He first said it. Dwell on this for a minute and then read the scripture in red again...
You now know the acceptable year of the Lord....TODAY...you can turn over all your anxieties and worries to the Lord, put your trust in Him and have faith that He IS able AND WILLING to heal you...set you free....you won't have any reason to be broken hearted because...you know the truth, the good news is you don't have to be poor, either in spirit or materially.
I know you're saying, "sounds great, but I don't see no money flying outta my pockets...How can this come to pass for me?" The deal is, you have to have your spirit in a receptive state so that you can receive good news like this and be able to call it for yourself. You do this by understanding the will of God and increasing in wisdom. God loves you and believe it or not, His number 1 priority for your life is for you to not be poor. Poverty is a curse of the devil and a lie from hell. You do not get brownie points with God for being poor or sick. This is NOT the will of God. Jesus said that we will suffer in the flesh as Christians, but this does not mean that we are to live lives of poverty or to stay sick. Remember what Jesus said to his believers(not to sinners, He was talking to the faithful here) in John Chapter 8:31-32.31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
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