Young adults last night was nothing short of interesting... if I can describe it like that. The majority of us were under the impression that Sussanah was 'running' this week in starting to look at Jesus' ministry through the gospel of Luke. She didn't show. James and Tim (not IT Tim) grabbed at the loose straws of the evening and we all proceeded to have a look at part of chapter 4. particularly this bit:
16He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."[e]Discussion got (to say the least) a tad tense at times, I don't know the whole start of the evening had a very awkward flavour. I was close to walking out at one point, not that I mind a bit of conflict but I was getting supremely frustrated at how things were tangenting quite wildly. We didn't pray to start with. That was a problem. Something a couple of us noted earlier (to ourselves) and didn't speak up about... We eventually managed to, I hope get something out of it. I confess much of the time my head was stewing over the word 'gracious' (v.22) for some reason or other. I think I was trying to work out why that word is used there. I didn't bring it up, because I know my head likes to play with semantics and it probably wouldn't have gotten us anywhere. Some good points made (somehow) or at least things we discussed:
20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. "Isn't this Joseph's son?" they asked.
- A purpose - The Spirit on Him before he's even really done anything ministry wise
- This was a passage that came up chronologically when the Jews reading it, Jesus just 'happened' to get this one
- Jesus in constant communion with the Father/Trinity/Communication etc...
- The humanity of Jesus, 'known as the carpenter's son'
- ...somehow 'heaven on earth', now but not yet thing came up
- and a look at God's character which someone managed to slip in at the end for which I was grateful for.