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7 Nov 2021
Week 8: Jesus’ Mission
When Jesus stands up in the synagogue to declare his mission, he opens that scroll and reads from Isaiah:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to preach good news to the poor,
to proclaim release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind,
to liberate the oppressed, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.
Then he rolled up the scroll, handed it back and sat down.
Then Jesus sits down – not back in his pew but in the place of teaching – adds an eight word exegesis of that passage that changes everything, for all time. It’s an eight word sermon that will reverberate through millennia. He says: ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing’.