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Jesus reads from Isaiah and angers everyone, then he heals people and casts out demons: Mark 1:14–15; Matthew 4:12–17; Luke 3:23; John 4:46–54; Luke 4:16–30; Mark 1:21–28; Luke 4:31–37; Mark 1:29–34; Matthew 8:14–17; Luke 4:38–41; Mark 1:35–39; Luke 4:42–44; Matthew 4:23–25

After claiming to be the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecies, Jesus listened while the people were firstly amazed and then skeptical as they questioned his parentage. Imagine Isn’t that Joseph’s son? being said with a snigger:  Isn’t that “Joseph’s” son? Well, to paraphrase Jesus, no believers, no miracles here.

The result was:

Luke 4:28-30 When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.

If Jesus could walk away from the cliff’s edge, He could also have walked away well before then. Not too many people survive an angry mob bent on killing them.

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