Luke's Central Message
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This passage is known as the Gospel within the Gospel of Luke, since it is Jesus' minitry in a nutshell as portrayed in this gospel. We often overlook the familiar, in favor of the novel, only to find true value has been overlooked as well. The gospel writer is likely saying that the hometown crowd was overlooking Jesus possibly for that reason. The Isaiah passage used in this way, would have been very radical - showing biblical authority and divine knowledge that the locals would not figure one of their own to have. They would likely be murmuring "How could this be?" and "Didn't he grow up with my little boy (or girl)?" etc.