The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on Him. – Luke 4:20
A young man in his early thirties visits a synagogue (a Jewish place of worship). The rabbi asks Him to read from the book of Isaiah. More than 800 years earlier the prophet wrote these words: ‘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 4:18-19).
Suddenly, the young man stops reading, sits down and adds: ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing’ (verse 21). No wonder all eyes were fixed on Him. Today, I would like all eyes to be fixed on Him, on Jesus Christ.
Who is Jesus anyway?
Why do Christians say that you must believe in Him and receive Him? Jesus Christ is the most loving and powerful Person who has ever lived on earth. Who is this young man who influenced the world history so much? He never wrote a book. Yet more books have been written about Him than any other person, even though He only lived for 33 years on earth.
What is His background?
The Bible says that all things were created by Him. The Bible teaches that He had already been there before anything was created. God saw our misery and our need. He saw the anger, the prejudice and the discrimination. He saw all the hatred and jealousy and said: ‘I want to go down and tell them that I love them.’ God did this by becoming man. Jesus Christ came and healed the sick, the blind saw, the deaf heard and the dumb spoke. He taught people how to love one another.
His death was premeditated, because He wanted to be our substitute. He came from heaven to die for all our sins.