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The things Jesus taught brought very strong responses during his life on earth. His teaching still does. Jesus challenges people. He challenges me.


Check out this account of Jesus in his hometown teaching in the synagogue.
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor." (Luke 4:16-19)
The custom of the time was a teacher would stand to read Scripture and then sit to teach on what they read. Jesus sat down and said
"Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
The immediate response from the people.
All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips.
I have been journaling through a book titled The Essential Jesus: 100 Readings Through the Bible's Greatest Story. In his reflection on the 38th passage outlined in this book the author Whitney T. Kuniholm writes "...as you'll see in the rest of our journey through the Bible, Jesus made many more jaw-dropping statements about what he came to do. A person who said what Jesus said and did what Jesus did demands a response."

Follow closely the response by the people to Jesus and his teachings in this passage.
He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. (Luke 4:15)

... All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. (Luke 4:22)

... All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way. (Luke 4:28-30)
The opinion of the people changed from praise to rejection. This change took place seemingly out of the blue. They drove him out of the city to the edge of a cliff. Their rejection was deep enough to

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