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This Scripture Has Been Fulfilled

April 9, 2016



This Scripture  Has Been Fulfilled

There is great comfort  in promises kept  —  especially  in promises  that have been fulfilled  with love  and great care.     All the fulfilled promises  of the Old Testament  of a Savior  brought great comfort  to some very special people.     The special people  are the ones  who accept Jesus  as their Savior.     There is something different  about them.     They are not like  the rest  of the world.     Jesus described  these special people  when He preached  in the synagogue  at Nazareth  in Luke 4:17-21,

And the book  of the prophet Isaiah  was handed  to Him.     And He opened the book,  and found the place  where it was written,

       “The Spirit  of the LORD  is upon Me,
        Because He anointed Me  to preach  the gospel  to the poor.
        He has sent Me  to proclaim release  to the captives,
        And recovery  of sight  to the blind,
        To set free those  who are downtrodden,
        To proclaim the favorable year  of the LORD.”

And He closed the book,  and gave it back  to the attendant,  and sat down;  and the eyes  of all the synagogue  were fixed  upon Him.     And He began  to say  to them,  “Today  this Scripture  has been fulfilled  in your hearing.”

The keeping  of all the promises  —  this was the gospel,  the good news  for these people  —  God finally kept  the promise  of a Savior.     All sorts  of people listened  to Jesus’ preaching,  and each had  their own opinion  about this Preacher.     God’s word is  for all people.     No one  is excluded  from hearing  the gospel  but,  each listener  reacts differently.

There were those  who considered themselves rich  because they obviously had  plenty  of money  and property.     But,  most of those rich people  were really poor  because they depended  on their earthly riches  and snubbed  God Almighty.     They were too arrogant  to ever think  of themselves  as poor,  wretched sinners  —  and,  therefore,  felt no need  to repent  of anything.

On the other hand,  those  who did not necessarily  have a lot  of earthly riches  were often the ones  who were depending  on the LORD  for their needs.     They were accustomed  to being looked down upon  by the rich  and were humble  in their walk  with God.     They knew they were sinners  in need  of forgiveness  —  so they were looked upon as poor,  wretched sinners  by the rich  —  but,  were in fact,  the beloved  of God  as they confessed their sins.

Some listeners felt  they had their whole lives  in control  and were free  in all respects.     But,  they had no clue  they were captive  to their sins.     Opposite  from them  were those  who realized their sins  held them captive  and they longed  for a Savior  to cleanse them  from sin  and strengthen them  to fight off temptations.

There were listeners  who felt  they were superior  in knowledge  because they thought  they could see  and understand all  of Scripture  much better than the wretched sinners.     But,  they were really blind  because they could not see  and understand  that Jesus  was the fulfillment  of all prophecy.     In contrast,  those  who were convicted  by their sins  were filled  with praise  and thanksgiving  when Jesus preached  the gospel  and forgave their sins.     They could really see  what God was doing  for them.

Jesus came  to set free  those  who are downtrodden.     No one else cared  about these people  for various reasons,  but God cares.     Jesus gives the downtrodden  the free gift  of salvation,  so they no longer have  to feel put down  by others.     They are the beloved  of the LORD  and now they know it.

As we listen  to Jesus  preach  the good news,  which listener  are we?

As we realize  how wretchedly sinful  we are,  we can listen  to Jesus’ words  of forgiveness  and know  that He truly  has the power  and authority  to forgive all our sins  because  He is the fulfillment  of all prophecy.     We can hear  and see it  in His word  —  the Bible.

With great comfort  and joy,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank You,  LORD,  for keeping all Your promises  and making us  Your own dear children.”



A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.


Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus



The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4


Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13


O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3




Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12









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