God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they will be satisfied.
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.”
18 The disciples of John the Baptist told John about everything Jesus was doing. So John called for two of his disciples, 19 and he sent them to the Lord to ask him, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”
20 John’s two disciples found Jesus and said to him, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?’”
21 At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind. 22 Then he told John’s disciples, “Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.” 23 And he added, “God blesses those who do not fall away because of me.”
Reflect on the Verses
Take a moment to read through the passage slowly. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through it.
Is there a word or phrase that God is drawing to your attention? What is He saying to you through these texts?
Engage with the Message
- What stood out to you from the Scripture passage and/or this week's message?
- In what ways is God challenging you and/or encouraging you through the message?
- How does the fact that all humans were made in God's image impact the way we view other people? Do you struggle to see the image of God in some people? Why is that? How can we be more attentive to God's image in others?
- In what ways does sin and shame impact the way we relate to one another? How does this show up in the world, in the church, and in your own life?
- Pastor Jeff defined oppression as the use of power and structures of power at the expense of others. Where does oppression exist within our community? What structures in our world lead to and maintain oppression?
- How have our individualistic mindset impact the way we think about salvation? How does the gospel as described in New Testament shift that to include seeking justice and the wellbeing of others?
- We often see justice as "getting what you deserve" and righteousness means "right behaviour. The Greek word used in this passage means both righteousness and justice. How does this shift the way we think about both righteousness and justice? How does this impact the way we live our faith?
- Where are you hungry and thirsty for justice? Where in our world do you long to see God's kingdom come?
- How can we embrace the way of justice in our community? How can you work towards justice in your own life?