Unmet Expectations (Luke 4)

Great Expectations, Episode 2

"We must realign our expectations with God's expectations."


Intro: We the people.  Great expectations of a new country 1788.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America

19th Amendment Woman vote August 18, 1920 132 years later.

Big Idea: Realigning our expectations to God’s expectations

Luke 4:  Setting the Context

Luke 1 gives us Zechariah’s prophesy of what his son John the Baptist would say about Jesus.  Especially as we noted last week that Jesus is the “horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.”

Luke 2: Jesus’ birth, early years, and growing up in Nazareth, “And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.” (Luke 2:40).

Luke 3:1-22 John the Baptist proclaims Jesus and while baptizing Jesus the Trinity shows up with one of the few times God the Father declaring, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Luke 3:23-38 Luke gives us the 30-year-old Jesus’ genealogy thru David (31) to Adam; the promise of the Head Crushing King sitting on an eternal throne.  

Luke 4:1-13 Satan tempts Jesus.  Notice the 1st temptation, “And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time and said to him, ‘To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”  Worshiping Satan is bad.  Get that.  But what did Satan want Jesus to do – become king of the entire world now!

Luke 4:14-15 Jesus begins His ministry—the unveiling of the King who will defeat Satan and rule!

Luke 4:16-22 The Expectations for OUR King

  1. In the early stages of Jesus’ ministry He is popular and goes back “home” to Nazareth “where He had been brought up.”

  2. Per His usual, Jesus goes to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, He stands up and reads Isaiah 61:1-2a

    1. Mighty Expectations in this chapter of Isaiah!  Isaiah 61 is all about the LORD’s favor and a coming Kingdom building Messiah.  But Jesus stops reading at a coma…  He stops in mid sentence.  He says the first part but doesn’t complete it.  

    2. Jesus does not say, “And the day of vengeance of our God.”

    3. Everyone is watching.  All eyes are fixed upon Him.  Jesus sits down and says, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing!”

      1. With what they were reasonably expecting from Isaiah 61, Jesus’ approval rating spikes (22) yet some say, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”

  3. What were their reasonable expectations?  Let me set Isaiah 61 in its context

Isaiah 61 Set in Context

  1. Isaiah 59:14-20: The LORD Redeemer comes to rescue His people.  The LORD Redeemer comes to repay according to the enemies deeds, dispensing justice with His wrath toward His adversaries.  The LORD Redeemer’s reputation, name, and glory is feared throughout the land for He will come upon the land as a rushing narrow stream.

  2. Isaiah 60:1-3 All the Nations will see God’s mighty light shining in Israel

  3. Isaiah 60:4-7 Everyone gathers – sons, daughters carried on hip to see with all the nations God’s work in Israel as the people bring Gold and Frankincense

  4. Isaiah 60:8-9 God’s name / reputation is declared in all the work He has done in Israel which attracts the nation who bring silver and gold

  5. Isaiah 60:10-18 Foreign Kings and tributes will do the hard work of building up Israel’s walls and the city gates will never be shut as they are continuously open to welcome Kings, national dignitaries.  There is perpetual peace as those who were once combatant will come and bow down and God says, “and you shall know that I, the LORD am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty one of Jacob.”

  6. Isaiah 60:19-22 The sun shall be no more for the light of the city, nor the moon to shed its light by night  but “the LORD will be your everlasting light” (Cf. Revelation 22:5)  From the greatest to the least, God’s righteous people will possess the land forever.  God says, “I am the LORD; in its time I will hasten it”

  7. Look at the context! Mighty reigning, ruling, rescuing King!

  8. Then will move in Isaiah 61, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor…”  (now past the coma) “and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn.”

  9. The context is God rescuing His people.  Vengeance upon the enemies and comfort to His people. These are God given reasonable expectations!

  10. 30-year-old Jew is sitting down from having read this and says, “Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”  Wouldn’t you say, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”

Luke 4:23-30 The King’s Expectations

  1. Jesus clarifies their great expectations.

    1. You all have heard of what miraculous work I did in Capernaum, you will want me to do that here to, but “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.”  You are looking for a King, but right now I am a prophet.  Allow me to give you two examples of two prophets that were not accepted in their hometown.

    2. Illustration #1: Elijah and the Widow of Sidon

      1. During the harsh 3½ year drought and subsequent famine there were many widows in Israel.  Elijah didn’t go to them but an outsider, foreigner, non-Jew Gentile!

    3. Illustration #2: Elisha and the Leper of Syria

      1. There were many lepers in Israel when Elisha was around but he didn’t go to any of them, but only to Naaman an outsider, foreigner non-Jew Gentile from Syria.

  2. Jesus is saying the nationalistic fervor aroused in the context of Isaiah 61 is also very specific in the first few verses of Isaiah 61.

    1. The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me – at the baptism (3:22)

    2. God the Father anointed Jesus to go on His mission

    3. Jesus is bringing Good News to the poor – you can have reconciled relationship with God

    4. Jesus is sent to bind up the brokenhearted – defeating sin, death

  3. Conclusion: I’m here to meet the unknown expectations of the Gentiles with Good News to them.

    1. It isn’t all about you.  I’m not the King you should expect right now.  That will come.

  4. Results: “all in the synagogue were filled with wrath”

    1. They all become a death mob, drive Jesus to the edge of a cliff to kill him.

    2. “But passing through their midst, He went away” (30)   

We the people….  What we expect from our constitution in heavily ingrained with nationalistic pride.  Imagine ladies being told that you would some day have the right to vote, and an amendment would be coming that would ensure it.  For Israel, God had given them prophecy that some day a king would come and liberate them, shepherd them, and that the nations would come in tribute.  But NOT YET

What is it that you're expecting from God?

Big Idea: We must align our expectations to God’s