Scriptural text: Luke 4
Ministering in the Power of the Spirit (Luke 4:14-15). Returned in the power of the Spirit The phrase, which meets us again in Romans 15:13, indicates a new phase of the life of the Son of Man, a change from its former tenor as striking as that which passed the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost, when new powers of thought and utterance were developed which had before been latent. Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee- Being more abundantly strengthened after his conflict (temptation of Christ in the wilderness); and to confirm his doctrines by miracles. And there went out a fame of him through all the region-Now that Jesus had come, the fame of the miracles which he had performed in Jerusalem at the Passover, and in Judea during the course of his ministry there, spread the more through Galilee: for at this time he had only done one miracle there, the turning of the water into wine. He spent a considerable time in Galilee preaching, for the most part in their synagogues, particularly on the Sabbath days, when there was the greatest concourse of people.
The Word Reading the Word in Nazareth (Luke 4:16-17). And stood up-Showing, by so doing, that he had a desire to the Scriptures to the congregation, on which the book was given to him. The reading of the Scriptures made an essential part of the Jewish public worship. But this office was not confirmed to those who were capable of it. Perhaps the rulers, knowing the reports which went abroad of his miracles, and having heard of the Baptist’s testimony concerning him, were curious to hear him read and expound the Scriptures; and the rather, because it was well known in Nazareth that he had not the advantage of a learned education. And, as the Hebrew was now a dead language, and Jesus had not been taught to read, his actually reading, and with such facility, the original Hebrew Scriptures, as well as his expounding them, was a clear proof of his divine inspiration, and must have greatly astonished every intelligent and considerate person present.
The Fulfillment of Long-awaited Promises (Luke 4:18-19). Here Jesus applies the words of Isaiah 61 to his own ministry: the Spirit anointed him to bring liberation to those in need. First, his mission was to proclaim good news to the poor. Throughout Jesus’ ministry in the gospel of Luke, he indeed emphasizes God’s care for the poor (Luke 6:20; 16:22) and the responsibility of others to care for them.
Jesus came to free captives and liberate the oppressed; while Jesus did not break people out of prisons, Jesus certainly freed those who were oppressed by the devil. Likewise, in line with Isaiah’s prophecy, Jesus came to heal the blind, like the man by the Jericho road (Luke 18:35). Indeed, he later healed Saul of both physical and moral blindness (Acts 9:18; 26:18).