It’s called “the mic drop.” The phrase refers to when a speaker makes such a strong and compelling statement that it requires a prolonged pause or stage exit for full effect. Dropping the mic, whether physically or figuratively, adds a dramatic ending to bold and shocking words. In the synagogue of His hometown, however, Jesus did not end but rather began a worship gathering with nothing short of a mic drop (or perhaps more accurately, a “scroll roll”).
Imagine how presumptuous, pretentious, and potentially blasphemous Jesus’ claim in Luke 4:21 must have sounded to the folks with whom He grew up. Yet as Luke records, initially this claim alone was not enough to raise their ire, which is a reaction we see in verses 28-30. Regardless of people’s attitudes, Jesus nonetheless proceeded to “drop the mic” in applying Isaiah’s messianic prophecy to Himself: “Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled” (v. 21).
Tips for Teaching This Week’s Session of The Gospel Project for Adults
Every week for Volume 4: From Captivity to the Wilderness, Ken Braddy, Lifeway’s director of Sunday School, will offer guidance to help leaders prepare to lead and teach each session of The Gospel Project for Adults.
Tips for Teaching This Week’s Session of The Gospel Project for Students
Every week, student ministry leaders offer guidance to help leaders prepare to lead and teach each session of The Gospel Project for Students. Listen in as he shares:
- The main point of the session
- Any challenges and opportunities for additional discussion that may arise during this session
- Encouragements for leaders
A Final Reminder
Don’t forget, you can find tools to help you prepare and lead the discussion in the Additional Resources for this volume. We hope these are a blessing to you as you walk through this session together.
*This week’s leader devotional is written by Ed Stetzer. It is adapted from the daily devotions for Unit 21, Session 2 from The Gospel Project for Adults’ Daily Discipleship Guide.