You are among those in the synagogue the day Jesus returns to His hometown of Nazareth. He gets up to read from the prophet Isaiah. As he stands before those gathered, all becomes still and quiet. You watch Him intently. Yes, this is the son of the carpenter Joseph; you remember seeing him during the days he grew up here, but now there seems to be something different about Him.
He begins to read, but it is more than just someone reading words from a page. He seems to read the words with a conviction and authority that strikes something deep within you. As He finishes and hands the scroll back to the attendant, you hear whispers from those around you. They too seem to be affected by Jesus' words; especially those with which He ended: "This day this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
The Jewish people have been waiting for the Messiah. Did this man, the boy who grew up in Nazareth, mean to imply, to say that He is the Messiah? You remain very quiet. His words do not affect you the way they seem to be affecting the others. The whispers are now turning to anger. Jesus leaves the synagogue and an angry mob follows Him. You don't follow the crowd; you remain there in the synagogue for a few more moments. The words you have just heard Jesus say play over and over again in your mind; they begin to take root in your heart, and you believe, you know He is the Messiah!
It seems quiet outside now; the crowd seems to have dispersed. As you walk out of the synagogue, a bystander recounts what went on out here. The mob tried to run Jesus off a cliff! This person tells you though that Jesus seemed to walk right through them unharmed.
You begin to walk along the path leading you back home and in the distance you see someone sitting on a rock. As you get closer, you can see that it is Jesus. Part of you wants to run up to Him and ask Him a million questions, but you think better of it. You simply stop in front of Him and smile; He returns the smile. In His eyes, you see a deep and intense love. In your eyes, He sees a deep and abiding faith.
You continue on home content in the knowledge that God has kept His promise; the promise of the Messiah.