In verse 22 below we read that Jesus spoke with gracious words. How did His audience receive such words? Take a look in verses 20 and 22 for the answers.
Luke 4:16-22 (NLT)
16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
20 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21 Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”
22 Everyone spoke well of him and was amazed by the gracious words that came from his lips. “How can this be?” they asked. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”
Colossians 4:6 (NLT) Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Ecclesiastes 10:12a (NIV) Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious…
The word gracious means “a winning quality or attractiveness that invites a favorable reaction, graciousness, attractiveness, charm, winsome.” (BDAG, p. 1079).
Would you say that Christ choosing to speak graciously got the response that He was hoping for?
How are we going to win others to Him? What style of speech should we choose to use when we're attempting to point others to Him?
Practicing His Presence,
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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