And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. Luke 4:14-15
Immediately after Jesus’ time in the wilderness He starts to work teaching in the synagogues. Because Jesus left no written records Himself some tend to believe that Jesus was this illiterate preacher who could neither read nor write. As we saw when we studies John’s Gospel and as we will read next week, Jesus did read the scrolls of Hebrew scripture. The fact is that Jewish men were expected to read from scripture in synagogue. So the majority would have been able to read. Also we need to remember that before He began His ministry Jesus was a business man, a carpenter. So it is quite possible Jesus could also write.
But it was not Jesus’ ability to read or write that attracted followers. It was Jesus teaching that brought people to Him. Jesus taught with authority. Imagine the shock when this non-descript Jewish rabbi got up to teach and open Hi mouth and everyone was astonished with the power and authority of His words. I can just imagine these people leaving the synagogue and rushing to tell others that they just had to hear this new rabbi.
Word would have spread quickly as more and more came to hear Him. He was telling them things they had never heard before and interpreting scriptures in ways new to them but at the same time making the Word of God come alive in a new and exciting way. And of course Jesus was making the Jewish establishment nervous.
Imagine you have heard the scriptures taught in a certain way all your life and then this person comes along and makes things clear that had always been murky. He made it seem that you were living in exciting times. He made you feel that God was doing something special and you are there to witness it. Who wouldn’t want to let all your friends know what was going on?
Today we have all the clarity that theses Jews were finding for the first time. But rather than rush out and let others know what we know we worry about offending someone. The problem is that in trying not to offend we may be not offending them straight to hell. The truth may offend some but that does not make it any less true. We are after all told to take the Good News to all the world.
Have a blessed day,