After a reasonably positive reaction to this bombshell-revelation of Jesus being the Messiah (Luke 4.22), as the passage progresses we see people turn very quickly.
“All were speaking well of him, and were amazed at the gracious words coming out of his mouth. They said, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” Jesus said to them, “No doubt you will quote to me the proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ and say, ‘What we have heard that you did in Capernaum, do here in your hometown too.’” And he added, “I tell you the truth, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. But in truth I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s days, when the sky was shut up three and a half years, and there was a great famine over all the land. Yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to a woman who was a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, yet none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard this, all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, forced him out of the town, and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. But he passed through the crowd and went on his way.
People were now furious with Jesus because He had, simply, pronounced that the Gentiles (people and nations distinct from the Israelites) would have God’s blessings.
Would a habitual liar risk being pushed off a cliff for inciting an angry mob if He knew that He was lying (v.29)?
Would someone not in their right mind make claims such as this that were long-prophesied in Scripture?
“Because you have obeyed me, all the nations of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using the name of your descendants.””
“I, the LORD, officially commission you;
I take hold of your hand.
I protect you and make you a covenant mediator for people,
and a light to the nations,
to open blind eyes,
to release prisoners from dungeons,
those who live in darkness from prisons.”
If, then, Jesus were correct in claiming to be the Messiah (Luke 4.21) then He would have known that the Gentiles were always part of the plan, so to speak. His words in Luke 4.22-30 about God’s blessings and the nations are not lies, not lunacy, they are of the Lord.
For you and for me this means that no matter who we are and no matter where are from the blessings of God are available to you today because of Jesus!