The Naked Sermon

Nazareth isnt ready for that conversation

January 29, 2022

Sara and Jesse host this week's conversation around Luke 4:21-30. In this story, Jesus has just quoted a passage from Isaiah and says that the scripture is fulfilled in their hearing. Shortly after this, the people in the synagogue were enraged and Jesus was chased out.

Jesse stresses that this scripture should not be used to bolster anti-Semitism - this isn't about Jews not understanding Jesus and Gentiles did. It’s about how those in his hometown have trouble seeing him in a new light.

Sara talks about how when someone says something that she knows isn't true, it isn't enraging and she can ignore it. When it has an element of truth, however, that's when it can trigger the outrage, which is probably what we are seeing with the reaction to what Jesus says in this passage.

Sara also leaves us with a challenge - If there is nothing in the words you are hearing in your day to day life that isn't somewhat agitational, we need to be exposing ourselves to some gospel.

Sara Gross Samuelson is a Pastor and Organizer at Storyline Community in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Jesse Christopherson is Pastor at Milwaukie Lutheran in Milwaukie, Oregon.

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