Jesus, A Promise Fulfilled


Luke 4: 14-22
1 Jn 4: 19 – 5: 4 / Ps 72: 1-2, 14-15, 17

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor.
(Luke 4:18)

As His words and works have won us
To this ministry of Jesus,
May God’s Spirit be upon us
To boldly proclaim His Good News.

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked. (Luke 4: 14-22)

Reflection

The folks in His hometown of Nazareth knew Jesus since childhood as the son of the carpenter Joseph. For them, He surely must have had just as much education about Scriptures as anybody else in their town. So it must have been truly amazing for them to hear the wisdom that issued from His lips. What they didn’t know was that being the Son of God, the Word made flesh, Jesus was totally familiar with all the verses in the Old Testament, as God Himself inspired all of them to be written. In fact all the events in Scriptures presaged His coming. The patriarchs and prophets were all His precursors, and He had first-hand knowledge about all of them.

Jesus came to town “in the power of the Spirit”. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, He knew which passage in Isaiah was appropriate for the occasion, and He read his prophecy. Indeed in everything that He did, Jesus was fulfilling all the prophecies about Himself faithfully. He was preaching the Good News of salvation (to the poor in spirit), and freeing thousands from the bondage of sin; He was restoring sight to the blind, and releasing the infirmed and possessed from the oppression of diseases and evil spirits.

The more familiar we are with our bible, the more familiar we will be with our Lord Jesus Christ, and His role in our salvation. Just as He was the realization of Yahweh God’s promise to the Israelite nation, He is also the manifestation today of God’s Covenant with all of His children. His words are fulfilled in our hearing. Listen to Him.

Let Your Holy Spirit be upon us, Lord God, so that we may also proclaim Your Good News of salvation to others in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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