This Scripture Has Been Fulfilled
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.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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.