"And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.'" (Luke 4:21)
Every day brings, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." This is the vast reach of the Scriptures. Every day throughout human history something has been, "fulfilled in your hearing." We only miss it when we are not listening. The current unceasing attacks on the Jews, The Land of Israel, and the Global Church are just a few examples of, "Scripture...fulfilled in your hearing." What are you hearing today?
Jesus' claim in our text is that He Himself is the fulfillment of the Isaiah passage from which He read. Jesus said that the prophet was not speaking of Himself or Israel as a nation or the Jewish People. He was speaking of Jesus, "the Coming One." In John 5 Jesus told the Jews that the Scriptures, "testify of Me," another way of stating our text, "today this Scripture is fulfilled...." The Scriptures speak of Jesus Christ, point to Jesus Christ, and reveal the, "mind of Christ," viz., the purposes of the Godhead. A person who claims to know Jesus Christ, yet does not give himself to the Scriptures, is a person who then must create a "Jesus" of his own comfort, his own will, his own religion. He will eventually be deceived by the media, politicians, and charlatan ministries.
Jesus said to religious leaders, "Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?" A, "mistaken," life is a life without, "The Word of God," Jesus Christ, revealed in, "the Words of God," the Scriptures. There is only one way to avoid a, "mistaken," life, a life which accepts the bombardment of opinions of the media, politicians, and those around us------ "Know the Scriptures," and the reality that in Jesus Christ there is always a, "today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
Father, in Jesus' Name, thank You that each day is a, "fulfilled in your hearing," day. Amen.
* Over the weekend I will be sending an update on our Berlin/Eastern Europe, Jerusalem, Washington, DC missions for the coming year.
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When Peter, an 18 year old Norwegian, "heard the call to evangelize China, he not only emptied his wallet into the collection plate, but included a small note with the words, 'and my life.'"
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