January 31, 2016   |   Pastor Arun Paul

The real good news of Epiphany is that God, even in the face of rejection, still extends his love to us so that we may be freed from the bondage of our sins, and that we can be under the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ. His Good News is more powerful than our rejection.

However, often the argument we hear from the world and also from within the Christian circle is that if God’s love is more powerful than our rejection then why doesn’t the world experience God’s goodness? Luke chapter 4 tells us that we need to do our part in response to the powerful love of God manifested in Jesus Christ, the Divine Son of God. God longs to do his miraculous work in our lives but He is looking for people with hearts that are open. When people put their trust in Him, they will experience God’s goodness, deliverance, and see his miracles in their lives.

Luke 4:17-21 (NIV)

and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 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. 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. He began by saying to them, Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.

Contrast

There is a huge contrast between the people of Nazareth and the people of Capernaum. In Nazareth, people wanted to throw Jesus off the cliff.

Luke 4:28

All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.

Matthew 13:58 (NIV)

Jesus did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

But, in Capernaum people’s hears were opened. They honored Jesus. They experienced God’s wonderful work of healings and miracles in their lives. They wanted Jesus to stay with them.

Luke 4:42 (NIV)

At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.