Scripture reading for October 2oth: Luke 3-6
“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, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” “Then 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, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:18-21
Not much is recorded about the life of Jesus from the time He was twelve until He was baptized by John at the age of thirty. We know that He worked with Joseph part of that time in their carpenter shop. He took part in normal family life and community life in the town of Nazareth. Can you imagine eating off of a table that Jesus had made? Or using an ox yoke that He had crafted?
At the proper time, Jesus went down to the Jordan River to where John the Baptist was baptizing. John had spoken of one who would come after him whose sandals he was not worthy to untie. When John saw Jesus, he immediately knew that He was this One! (John 1:29) Jesus was baptized and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in the form of a dove. A Voice from heaven declared: “You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22) How these words should speak to each of us who are adopted into God’s household! Jesus was then led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil for forty days. Each time Satan tempted Him, He successfully resisted because of the Spirit and God’s Word.
When he arrived in Nazareth at His home synagogue, He was invited to read from the scroll of Isaiah. The Spirit had anointed Him to preach the Good News and proclaim freedom to all who would hear. He was anointed to heal and deliver the blind and oppressed. He was to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. As they listened, Jesus was the fulfillment! (Luke 4:2) Through faith in Jesus Christ, the anointing and infilling of the Holy Spirit is available to us today!