Jesus left the barren wilderness and went to the lush green area known as the Galilee. From brown, dry, dusty, hot…to cool, green, rich, and restful. Refreshing gentle breezes off the lake, the sounds of the waves lapping against the shore, the smell of the water after the dry air of the desert, it was a welcomed change from the arid, scorching wilderness and the taxing temptations from the devil. But Jesus didn’t come for the views or a rest after His arduous encounter with the evil one; He came for the people. He came to teach. Jesus headed to the synagogue and began to preach a message of hope.
“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’” Luke 4:14-19
Wow! What a message. Anyone living in the arid throws of poverty, anyone who was bound in satan’s prison of sin, any person who wanted to receive refreshing good news over the world’s parched evil, all those blinded by sin’s darkness, any who were oppressed, the offer was for all. Anyone, ANYONE, could enter into the lavish abundance of freedom and sight and good news and the Lord’s favor.
Jesus began His ministry with this great promise:
A NEW LIFE!