Expositor’s Conference 2013
Session 8 – The Power of Jesus’ Preaching – His Proclamation of the Word (Steve Lawson)
This is Part 2 of the sermon begun in Session 1.
Text: Luke 4:14–21 (NASB95)
14 And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.
15 And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.
16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.
17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed,
19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
20 And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
Without the power of the Holy Spirit in our preaching, our preaching is dead. The power of the Spirit is not incidental, it is fundamental.
1. The Spirit-filled preacher is rooted and grounded in the text of the scripture.
A. Jesus was a Spirit-anointed preacher.
i. In verses 18-19, we see God the Father anointing God the Son with God the Spirit.
B. Jesus was anointed as a preacher to:
i. Preach the gospel to the poor, that is, the ones absolutely destitute spiritually
ii. Proclaim release to the captives, that is, those in spiritual bondage to their sins
1. This is the antitype of the year of Jubilee in the Old Testament
2. This (today) is the favorable year of the Lord
3. “Release” is also translated “forgiveness”
iii. Proclaim recovery of sight to the blind, that is, those who are blinded by Satan
iv. To set free them that are oppressed
v. To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. Verse 21 tells us that this was fulfilled in their hearing on this day.
1. Application: there is a sense of urgency in this verse.
2. The pronouncement of the Lord
A. Jesus stops reading half-way through the verse.
B. Jesus sits down to teach, to expound upon, what he has just read.
i. Read the text
ii. Explain the text
iii. Exhort with the text
C. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Jesus. What will he say? What will this hometown boy say about this text? Does he address the text in the past? No. Jesus addresses the here and now. Jesus proclaims that this scripture has been fulfilled in their hearing. HAS BEEN. When? Just now.
i. The free offer of the gospel has just been extended to the hearers.
a. They were poor, blind, captives, oppressed. The gospel has just been proclaimed to them.