9- (Sept 16) – Consistent Regardless

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Luke 4:14-21

One of the remarkable things Jesus did in the early phase of His ministry was to go to the synagogue in the town of Nazareth, read a passage from Isaiah, and then declare the fulfillment of the scripture on that very day. You could spend lots of time thinking about the content of the scripture He read, the implications for the hearers (who were extremely impressed, at least at first), or even the sudden turning on Him when He told them things they didn’t want to hear. But often we overlook the aspect of Jesus’ consistency and devotion to doing the will of His Father. There is a tremendous lesson and encouragement there for us. Whether the people in that synagogue liked the message or not, Jesus was going to proclaim it and exemplify it in His actions.
Jesus came specifically to do the Father’s will (John 5:19, 30) and that will was redemptive toward Man (Luke 19:10). In the process of accomplishing His task, He would be both loved and hated. He would be followed and shunned. He at one point would even have His earthly family accuse Him of being insane, and be betrayed by a close follower. One thing Jesus never did was shirk doing what He was supposed to be doing for His own convenience or comfort. In the garden of Gethsemane, as He faced the ultimate choice, with the power to call myriads of angels to deliver Him, He chose what His Father wanted. He went to the cross and paid the price for our sin, proving His faithfulness and showing Himself to be the exact representation of God’s desires for us (Hebrews 1:1-4).
There are times when we are tempted to choose something other than what we know God would want us to be doing. The immediacy of life’s demands, the pressure of other’s expectations, or perhaps our own selfish desires detour us around the commitment. We find excuses. We forget how good it is to be sowing the seed of God’s love through personal ministry to others. In those times we can take the example of Jesus, who more than anything sought and did the will of God. Nothing less would satisfy Him, and may nothing less satisfy us.