A Letter from Luke (Part 4)
Here is chapter 4 in the letter from Luke:
Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, journeyed into the wilderness. There in the wilderness for forty days, he ate nothing, and when the forty days had ended the devil came to Jesus and began to persuade him saying, “If you are really the Son of God, say to this stone, ‘Become bread,’ that you may eat and be satisfied.” Jesus quoting from Deuteronomy said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” The devil, not willing to give up to easily continued to attempt to persuade Jesus, “I will give you all the kingdoms of this world and all their glory, all I ask is that You worship me.” But Jesus was still not persuaded once again quoting from Deuteronomy he said, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’” Still the devil continued to persuade Jesus and in a final attempt the devil took Jesus to the top of the temple in Jerusalem and said, “If you really are the Son of God then throw yourself down from here.” And just like before Jesus responded from Deuteronomy saying, “It is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” The devil would then leave Jesus, until an opportune time later.Jesus returned to Galilee and many began to hear news of Jesus’ returning. Jesus would begin to teach in the synagogues and was praised by everyone who came to listen. He would arrive at Nazareth, where he was raised, and would enter the temple on the Sabbath. He began read from the prophet Isaiah about his calling and his purpose. How he would preach this gospel to the poor, release the captives, give sight to the blind, and set free those who are oppressed. These were great times for Jesus he seemed to be praised by everyone.
But Jesus knowing there hearts and what was to come rebuked the people in the town reminding them of their wicked ways in how they treated the prophets, Jesus also reminds them of some prophets who came only for Gentiles. And this drove the people in the synagogue to anger and they drove Jesus out of the synagogue. From there he came to Capernaum and began teaching on the Sabbath. There he taught with authority and many were amazed. There, in the synagogue Jesus would rebuke a demon dwelling inside of a man commanding the demon to come out of the man. Jesus would show such authority over the demons.
Later, Jesus would leave there and go to Simon’s house. There Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a fever and they asked Jesus to help. Jesus then rebuked the fever and the fever left immediately. Jesus would continue to heal those who were sick for the rest of the day and throughout the night; He would heal those who were demon possessed as well. Finally when day came Jesus fled to a secluded place. And crowds tried to follow him and when they found Him Jesus told them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities, for this is my purpose.” So he continued in the synagogues preaching and teaching those who were willing to hear him.