Nazareth • Devotion #3: The Poor

I love watching videos of people who are oblivious to what is going on around them. Typically, they are so consumed with their phone that they miss crazy events happening or walk right into a pole or wall. 

Jesus is observant. Obviously, being all-knowing makes it impossible to be oblivious, but still, realize He noticed and notices everything.

Luke 21:1-4 records such a precious observation, “Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, ‘Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’” Everyone noticed the rich as their gifts loudly clanged in the offering box, but Jesus noticed even the poor. His heart was touched by the poor widow.

Psalm 72:11-14 records that the Messiah (Jesus) will care for the poor, “May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him! For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.” This might not initially sound significant, but it is not the way leaders operate. They normally seek out “people of influence.” Jesus sought the poor and needy.

John the Baptist asked if Jesus was the Messiah. Luke 7:22 records the answer, “And he answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.’” Prophecy recorded that the Messiah would perform miracles, and Jesus did that. However, it also stated that the Messiah would go to the poor and include them in His plan, and Jesus did that too.

Jesus regularly went to the synagogue. On one specific Sabbath, He got up and read from Isaiah. Luke 4:18-19 records the passage, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” He then sat down, but said, “Yeah, that’s me!”

Jesus would heal, but He also went to the poor and proclaimed the Good News.

Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies attributed to the Messiah. Jesus is the Messiah. He is God. 

His entire mission revolved around the Gospel. He cares about “people of influence,” but He also remembers forgotten people. He loves all of us. All of us need the same amount of the Gospel.

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