Broken Roads

Broken Roads Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:14-29

Little Dude Road was a handy little shortcut. By taking Little Dude Road you can…
Avoid going through town
Cut off about 5 or 6 miles
Avoid a red light
A difficult left turn and
The parking spot the town police uses to catch speeders.

The only problem is Little Dude Road is all broken up. It had patchwork on patchwork. It had been on the list to be re- surfaced for years.

God has used this road to remind me how we are supposed to be. We too need to become broken so that God can smooth out the surfaces of ours lives. Sin has broken us. Love, forgiveness and restoration are needed to smooth out the bumps and to fill in the potholes.

In Luke’s gospel we read,
And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all. 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. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, “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, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.” 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. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” And He said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.'” And He said, “Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown. “But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. “And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. (Luke 4:14-29 NASB)

I. Jesus Spoke the Word of God Verses 16-21

To the church-going folks of the day. (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.

From the OT Prophet Isaiah. (17-19)

And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, “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, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”

To fulfill God’s desire. (21)

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. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:16-21 NASB)

II. Jesus Shared the Will of God. Verses 18-19

“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, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”

To bring to all people:

The gospel – the death, burial, and resurrection.
Freedom – from the bondage of sin. Freedom from is not a license to sin.
Ability – to see physically & spiritually. A work of God = miracle
Deliverance -from the power of sin, the penalty of sin & ultimately the presence of sin.
Proclaim the Advent of God -Jesus is coming again! First time ad Savior, second time as Judge.

III. Jesus Suffered the Ways of Man
Verses 28-29

And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. (Luke 4:28-29 NASB)

Rage of the Churchgoers! “filled with rage”
Excommunication from the Synagogue! “drove Him out”
Exiled from town! “drove Him out of the city”

IV. Jesus Saw the Waywardness of Man

“in order to throw Him down the cliff.”

Our road of life needs repair. For Far too long we have made patchwork of our roads, our life. Before the patchwork begins & the resurfacing takes place, we must become aware of our own broken-ness!

Deacons need to focus less on church business and more on the spiritual needs of the church. Let Jesus break your heart.

Teachers need to embrace those areas of service where God has led and not be teaching just to be filling a position. Teach because you want to impact the lives of your students. Let Jesus break your heart.

The work of the church has become more of a chore than a spiritual blessing. Why, because there’s not enough praying for God’s divine intervention, divine presence, and divine power! Let Jesus break your heart.

We are not allowing ourselves to be broken to repentance. We refuse to humble ourselves in prayer. We do not expect nor even ask God to manifest His glory.

Let Jesus break your heart.

Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. (Psalm 95:6 NASB)

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About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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