The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
 

4:18 upon me. The Holy Spirit had come upon the Lord Jesus in the visible form of a dove at His baptism, and both the Father speaking from heaven and John the Baptist had identified Him as the Son of God (Luke 3:22; John 1:18, 34). This began His public ministry, so He now made statements and claims before His acquaintances at Nazareth which went far beyond anything they had heard from Him before, even identifying Himself as the fulfillment of Messianic prophecy, quoting Isaiah 61:1. They were first impressed, then shocked, and finally angered.


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