Meditation – 27th January 2019

The Deep End – ‘So that you may know the truth’
There is something about the opening sentences of Luke’s
Gospel that grabs one’s attention. He is the only Gospel
writer to give us information about his purpose and
sources. He writes for Theophilus, whose name in Greek
suggests ‘lover of God’. Theophilus may have been a
patron of Luke’s, but we can also take this name to mean
that Luke writes for all lovers of God, i.e. all of us.
Jesus, ‘as was his custom’, attends the service at his
local synagogue. It is clear that Jesus was a faithful Jew
even though he is about to have some serious run-ins with
the Jewish religious leaders. This moment is one of the
most powerful passages in the New Testament, as Jesus
sets out his manifesto for ministry. Reading from Isaiah,
Jesus tells the crowd that this passage is being fulfilled as
they hear it, his ministry would be one focused on freeing
people from various types of oppression. This passage is
as relevant in our world today as it was for Jesus’ time:
people still await liberation, the oppressed are not free.
This is not a passage read in the past: it is very much
alive, a vision for all to have as Christians and to work out
of. Just as the scriptures are fulfilled in Jesus, they are
also fulfilled in each of our lives.
‘Although they heard you, Lord, they
failed to listen. They heard only what
they wanted to hear. The truth hurt
them, you made them feel
uncomfortable, and they rejected you …
Show us how we may seek your
Kingdom and help to bring peace to a
troubled world.’
Tony Singleton
Jane Mellett