The Prophesy of Jesus – Luke 4:14-21

Jesus Fulfilled Every Prophesy That Was Ever Made Of Him

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 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. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Spirit Supervised

Every last prophecy made of Jesus’ life has been fulfilled.  Jesus Himself, when He returned to His hometown of Nazareth, read Isaiah in the Synagogue as a teacher of the law, and ascribed it to Himself.   John the Baptist proclaimed that the Spirit of God was upon Jesus upon seeing Him at the river where John himself baptized Jesus:

32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”

Salvation Spoken

Jesus has said,

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Peter also testifies to this:

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Jesus is the ONLY one who can bring us salvation.  Throughout the Bible, this is consistently witnessed, and is here and now declared by Jesus.

Freedom Found

Sin has a terrible way of making you its slave.  As we sin more and more, we feel trapped and unable to bear the burden of it and the shame in bringing it into the light of truth.  Jesus proclaimed that freedom was to be had, and that He was the one to do it.  And in the great exchange, Jesus would take from us the shame and burden of our sin and give us His righteousness instead.  Jesus truly did free the prisoners.

Saving Sight

Jesus restored the sight of those held in the chains and bondage of the darkness of sin.  Sin has the ability to blind us to the truth, for we rationalize and discard the truth for a lie when we sin.  By restoring us with the truth, He removed the scales from our eyes, and we could see clearly for the first time ever as we became spiritually alive.

Fatherly Favor

God the Father poured out his grace and mercy – His favor – upon mankind with the birth of Jesus Christ.  For it was only through His sacrifice that we were able to be reconciled to the Father.  God the Father poured out His love in the sacrifice of His Son for us.  God sacrificed what He loved most dearly so that we could be healed.  Not many fathers would sacrifice their son for another person.  But God greatly desired to pour out His favor upon us – so much so, that He wanted to adopt us as His children.  The favor of God was fulfilled in Jesus.

Formally Fulfilled

Jesus was able to rightly claim that all of these prophecies made by Isaiah had come to pass in Him.  He was the embodiment and the fulfillment of the scripture.  Jesus did not come to do away with the law (scripture), but to fulfill it.  And Jesus perfectly fulfilled every word of scripture as He lived His life perfectly submitted to and in control of the Holy Spirit of God.

A Qualifying Question

Let’s ask a question:  Do I believe the word of God is truthful in everything it says, no matter what circumstances may appear to be?

A short prayer of preparation:

Father in Heaven, I cannot thank You enough for the favor You have poured out upon me in grace and mercy through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Give me strength and wisdom to believe Your word over anything that I see or am told that is contrary to it.  Remember me and help me through Your Holy Spirit that He may confirm all that I read in Your word.  Guide me and guard me in my ways.  Help me to believe all of the prophesies that You have made, that I may not be led astray.  This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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