Summary: This is an introductory lesson for this series designed for Bible Class use.

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Luke 4:16-21

INTRODUCTION: Maybe some of you have heard of Norm Evans. He was an all-pro lineman for the

Miami Dolphins. Several years ago he wrote a book titled On God’s Squad, in which he discusses

his faith, his conversion and his view of football as a result. When it came to his perspective

of Jesus, he wrote, "I guarantee you, Christ would be the toughest guy who ever played this

game. If he were alive today I would picture a six-foot-six 260-pound defensive tackle who

would always make the big plays." Fritz Peterson, who at one time played professional baseball

for the New York Yankees, gave his take on Jesus. He said, "I firmly believe if Jesus Christ

were sliding into second base, he would knock the second baseman into left-field to break up

the double play. Christ might not throw a spitball, but He would play hard with the rules." Not

conventional views of Jesus are they. These two men brought their own experiences and passions

to bear upon Jesus. The things they loved, the things that were influential in their lives

became the framework for their perspective of the Savior, and they shaped their expectations

of the Him by their own lives. At times don’t we do the very same thing?


A. From the happenings and condition of our own lives we drawn our views of Jesus. This is not

only true as individuals but as congregations.

1. When we are hurting from life’s tragedies, we see Jesus hurting with us. When we are joyful

over an unexpected blessing, the fulfillment of a dream, the completion of a goal, we see Jesus

rejoicing with us. When we are proud of our accomplishments, even our faithfulness, we see

Jesus glorying with us. When we are angry over an insult, a personal attack, or an injustice,

we see Jesus angered with us.

2. In short, we pigeon-hole Jesus, we put Him in a box, wrap Him up in a neat little package

and make Him predictable. We hem Jesus in by our passions, our life, our experiences, our hopes,

dreams, goal and we them think we have Him all figured out. So did the Jews of the 1st Century.


A. Their lives, both individually and collectively as a nation, determined their view of the

promised Messiah.

1. It had been almost 1000 years since the Kingdom of Israel had stood. After the death of

Solomon, Israel plunged into division, chaos, wickedness, defeat, and captivity. Their riches

were gone, their credibility destroyed, their strength vanquished and their national pride

snuffed out.

2. They were God’s chosen people and they expected a Messiah who would resurrect the Kingdom

and all its grandeur. A Son of God would bring again respect, power, prestige, wealth, and

holiness to His Own Special Nation. They Saw Jesus through their own biases.

3. They too pigeon-holed Him, put Him in a box, wrapped Him up in a neat little package and

though they had Him all figured out. The Jesus they got was far different from their

expectations. READ TEXT


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