Jesus’ Audience: The Poor (Part 1)

Air Date: 6/6/18

Scripture:

Luke 4:14-21

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 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, 17 and the 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 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,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 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.21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Teaching Points:

Teaching Points:

Jesus draws near to the poor- Jesus emphasized the importance of the poor in His ministry. He cared for them by talking to them, feeding them, healing them, and inviting them into the kingdom. The poor should be the concern of the Church too.

  • In Luke 14:13 Jesus said, “But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.” (Every night we are having a feast…Who will you invite tomorrow night?)
  • Jesus does not exclude the rich in His audience, but includes the poor who were/are often overlooked in society. Jesus consistently emphasized that even the “least” of society has a place in the kingdom (i.e. The shepherds first heard the announcement of Jesus’ birth).

The Poor are drawn to Jesus- It is often the poor who are the most receptive to the message of Jesus. James 2:5 says, “Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?”

  • Why do you think Time to Revive has found favor in the poorest of the neighborhoods?
  • Since Jesus taught to store up treasures in heaven, not on earth (Matt. 6:19-21), the message of the kingdom is easier for the poor to accept, rather than the rich – Matt. 19:23-24 says, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”