Devotional from Eugene Brunow 1 – 24 – 22

I was sent for this Purpose

The gospel for this coming Sunday (Third Sunday after the Epiphany) is Luke 4:31-44.  There three segments to this reading. The first two are about Jesus healing people of various illnesses. The third sees Jesus as preaching in the various synagogues of Judea.

The setting is Capernuam. This was a more important place than Nazareth.  The Romans had a company of soldiers here.  Many incidents from the life of Jesus took place in Capernaum.  We may regard it as His home during His earthly ministry.  Peter and Andrew lived there, plying their fishing trade on the nearby sea.

In verses 31-37 Jesus taught with authority and the reaction was amazement on the part of the people. He also healed a man possessed by a demon. They did not react to it negatively as had those in Nazareth. 

In verses 38-41 Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law and as the sun of setting many, many more sick people were brought to Jesus and were healed by him.

In verses 42-44 we see that the people did not want him to leave and tried to keep from going on. As heady as all must have been, it was not the real purpose of Jesus ministry. Jesus knew that he was to preach the good news to all of Judea. Judea was made up of Galilee and Samaria.

Israel as a whole had fallen into idol worship and these areas had been exiled to Assyrian (northern tribes) and Babylonian (southern tribes). There were many lost souls in Galilee and Samaria. Jesus once stated: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24).

Now he had come to announce the good news that their sins would be forgiven through his suffering, death and resurrection. That good news extends to us as well. There are many people around us who have wandered in their faith life. Jesus gives us the privilege to share the good news with them.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for never giving up on us and always desiring that all people should come to be saved.  Strengthen my faith so that I may be used by you to share the good news with those around us. Amen