HOST: Michael Whitworth
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”
As Jesus begins His teaching ministry, He does something that is simultaneously expected and remarkable—He reads from the Word of God. As Jesus reads these words from Isaiah the prophet that pertain to Him, He demonstrates a truth and principle that is still vitally important for us today—that the Word of God continues to be trustworthy, timely, and relevant. Though written hundreds of years before Jesus read them, the Word of God spoken through the prophet proved to be true and accurate. And though we live thousands of years after the penning of the Bible, God’s Word is no less true or relevant than it was when it was written. God’s wisdom and power continue to shine through His timeless Word, which can still change lives and lead us to salvation. Thank God for the wonderful blessing of His Word!
What do you consider to be the greatest blessing of God’s Word?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!