Scripture Is Fulfilled
“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 on me, because he has anointed me to preach 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.’” (Luke 4:17-19, NIV)
Two verses later, we see Jesus proclaim to all his boyhood friends, family and neighbors; “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Reading on, we see that the crowd was initially amazed at His words. Yet soon their amazement passed, and they became angry. Surrounding Him, they drove Jesus out of town to the edge of a cliff with the intention of throwing Him off the cliff. Scripture tells us that Jesus walked right through the crowd and went on His way to preach in Capernaum.
The confidence and boldness of Jesus’ message captures my attention. Jesus understood the historical and cultural significance of His time on earth. He understood that His power and anointing came from God. Jesus knew both “why” and “what” God sent Him to do. Jesus was (still is) God’s messenger to the lost, sick, poor and oppressed. Jesus came for one reason, to share the “Good News of the Gospel” and share God’s love, mercy and grace for His chosen people.
As a Christian, each of us must ask God to reveal His mission, purpose and perfect will for our lives. To accomplish His will, we need to walk in obedience and submit to His grace (anointing, power and might). Like Jesus, we must act in faith with confidence and boldness. Like Jesus, we must trust God to make a way through every crowd of protest or rejection even when it comes from our closest friends and family.
Child of God, I encourage you to ask God for grace that His perfect will is fulfilled in your life!
Father, thank You for Your Son Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit, reveal God’s perfect will for my life and help me to be clear about my divine calling, mission and purpose. Teach me to walk in faith by grace, and to act with confidence and boldness. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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