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Why I Won’t be Working in Nazareth: Luke 4:16-30 (how I would say it)

Jesus went to Nazareth, where he was raised, and as usual, he went to synagogue on the Sabbath. He stood up to read, and the writings of the prophet Isaiah were handed to him. Opening them, he went right to this passage:

“I am under the authority of God’s Spirit; because he has designated me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to set prisoners free, restore the vision of the blind, set the oppressed free, and announce that anyone can know God as a Father.”

Then he closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. All eyes were on him, wondering what he would say next. He started: “With your having heard these words, this ancient prophecy is officially fulfilled.”

Afterwards, everyone was in awe of his speaking skills. They asked each other, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

Jesus piped up, “I can just hear it now. Someone out there is ready to say, ‘Physician, heal yourself,’ and ‘Why don’t you do here in your hometown all the supernatural things we heard you did in Capernaum?’ Well,” he continued, “Remember the Prophet Elijah? When there was a drought and famine in Israel for three and a half years, Elijah didn’t help any of the many Israelite widows, did he? Instead, he was sent to a widow in a foreign country and he kept her alive during the famine. And what about Elisha the prophet? There was no shortage of Israelites with leprosy, but the only one he healed from leprosy was a foreigner—Naaman from Syria. The fact is that no prophet is accepted in his hometown.”

The same people who had just been complimenting him became enraged when they heard this. They literally drove him out of town to the edge of the cliff the town was situated on, and they were going to throw him off the cliff! But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.


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I Can’t Say this Any Clearer: John 10:22-42 (how I would say it)

The next winter, during the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem, Jesus was in the temple courts, walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. He had a train of Jews asking, “Why are you keeping us guessing? If you are the Savior of the world that we’re waiting for, why not just say so?”

Jesus answered, “I have, but you don’t believe me. The miracles I’m performing in God’s name should be proof enough, but not for you, because you aren’t my sheep. I know who my sheep are and they listen to me and follow me. My gift to them is to live forever—it’s not possible for some wolf to come along and steal them from me. My Father has given them to me and there’s no one or nothing greater than Him. It’s not possible for anyone to steal them from my Father either. We’re together on this.”

The Jews who wanted to do him in picked up stones to throw at him and kill him, but Jesus said to them, “So now you’re going to pelt me to death with rocks for all the good I’ve done? Which specific miracle are you going to kill me for?”

“The miracles aren’t the problem, it’s the fact that you, a measly man, are claiming to be God. That’s intolerable irreverence to God!” they replied.

Jesus replied, “Even your ancient texts say, ‘I have said you are “gods”’. If the texts are true—and they are—the writer is calling those who have a word from God ‘gods’. How much more appropriate then to call someone ‘god’ whom the Father has designated as his very own representative for planet Earth? If you think it’s irreverent for me to say I’m God’s Son, ignore what I say and just pay attention to what I do. If I’m doing God’s business here on Earth, you don’t have to believe what I say, but how can you deny what I’m doing? It’s proof that God and I are in this together.”

They tried to jump him again, but he got away. He crossed the Jordan River and went back to where John had camped out while he was dunking people, back when Jesus first went public. He stayed there a while and people came out to see him. They said, “John never did any miracles, and we believed him, and he fully endorsed this man.” A lot of people came to Jesus there and believed in him.

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“I Can See Clearly Now the Mud is Gone” John 9:1-34 (how I would say it)

So that's what a duck looks like! Awesome.

So that’s what a duck looks like! Awesome.

As he went on his way, Jesus noticed a man who was born blind. His followers asked him, “Rabbi, is his blindness some sort of cosmic punishment for him or his parents?”

“Neither,” said Jesus, “this man was born blind so that God’s power could be seen clearly through him. [Hmph, punny.] Now, come on, we have to make hay while the sun shines. You can’t work in the dark. But not to worry, because while I’m on earth, there’s daylight 24/7.”

Jesus spat on the ground and mixed his spit with dirt to make mud, which he applied to the man’s eyes. “Go wash that off in the Pool of Siloam,” Jesus instructed. The man did as Jesus told him to, and from there, went home with his vision restored.

People who knew him asked, “Hey, isn’t this the guy who used to sit and beg?” Some people said it was, others said, “No, but he looks a lot like that guy.”

But the man himself insisted, “Yes, it’s me!”

“How was your sight restored?” they asked.

He replied, “This guy named Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes, then told me to go wash it off in the Pool of Siloam. I did it and now I can see!”

 “Where is this man?” they asked him.

“I don’t know,” he said.

The people ushered the formerly blind man to the Pharisees, and they also wanted to know how his vision had been restored. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man told them, “and when I washed it off, I could see.”

Jesus had done this on the Jewish holy day, Saturday, so some of the Pharisees jumped on that, saying, “Oh, this can’t be a God thing because it was done on our holy day, which is against the law.”

But others asked, “How could something so great not be from God?” There was no consensus.

So they asked the formerly blind man, “What do you think? After all, you were the one he healed.”

The man replied, “I’d say he’s a prophet.”

The Pharisees weren’t buying the man’s story, so they sent for his parents. “Is this your son,” they asked, “the one who was born blind? And if it is, how is it that he can see now?”

“That’s our son, all right,” the parents answered, “and he was really born blind. But we have no idea how he can see now, or who restored his vision. Why don’t you ask him, he’s a competent adult; he can speak for himself.” His parents were afraid, because the Jews had already made it known that anyone promoting Jesus as the Savior the Jews were waiting for would be kicked out of the local congregation. That’s why his parents said, “Why don’t you ask him.”

The Pharisees called the man back a second time and tried to strong-arm him: “You better say that God was the one who healed you, because we know this other guy is a fake.”

He replied, “I don’t know about that. All I know is I was blind but now I can see!”

Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he restore your sight?”

He answered, “I already told you and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to try it for yourselves and see if works? What, you wanna become his followers?”

That ticked them off and they started to slam him: “You wanna follow him, not us! We only follow the ways of Moses! Moses got his marching orders directly from God, but who is this guy? He’s got no credentials!”

The man answered, “Wow. Unbelievable. You don’t know the first thing about this guy, but he restored my vision. Try this logic on for size: God doesn’t give evil people the time of day, but he does listen to people who live like he wants us to live. So if he weren’t living right, he wouldn’t have been able to give me sight, something I was born without. Restoring the vision of a person born blind is simply unheard of.”

“Why you, you… You were an evil little baby and that’s why you were born blind! And you have the nerve to lecture us?” they retaliated; and they threw him out.