Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captive and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”

This was the bold declaration Jesus made at His first sermon in His hometown of Nazareth. He was announcing by preaching this passage a profound, and for His friends and family, yet disturbing claim. He was saying He was the fulfillment of the messianic prophecies and He would be healing the sick by the power of God. The message was so disturbing that His lifelong friends in Nazareth tried to kill Him that day, They ran Him out of town and tried to push Him off a cliff because of His claims. What a way to treat their “hometown hero”. From this day Jesus was loved and hated, that is what miracles bring. They shake things up. It’s okay to have your nice teachings about love or forgiveness or good deeds but if the power of God shows up, well that is just too much. Here is a quote from James Stalker about the miracles of Jesus.

“He wrought miracles because His Father gave Him these signs as proofs that He had sent Him. Many of the Old Testament prophets had received the same authentication of their mission and although John, who revived the prophetic function, worked no miracles, as the Gospels inform us with simple veracity, it was to be expected that He who was a far greater prophet than the greatest who went before Him, should show greater signs than any of them of His divine mission. It was a stupendous claim which He made on the faith of men when He announced Himself as the Messiah, and it would have been unreasonable to expect it to be conceded by a nation accustomed to miracles as the signs of divine mission, if He had wrought none.”

These miracles seem to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Think about the miracle of Lazarus being raised from the dead. This miracle was so disturbing to the rulers of the jews that John said that they sought to kill Lazarus. Some people are so afraid of change, or changing their comfortable beliefs that they will ignore or even fight against the power of God. It seems that those in charge are more concerned about their positions than they are about the truth and the miracle power of Jesus that heals the sick.

On the other side are the hurting. These people always fall in love with Jesus and long for displays of His power. The sick and hurting want to be healed. Just as in the days when The Lord walked among us on earth, He is still here. He moves today through the person of the Holy Spirit. He is still healing the sick and still sorting out the wheat and the chaff with the power of God.

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