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Sermon on Luke 4:14-30 - The Startling Preaching of Jesus in Nazareth, Part 3

After reading Isaiah 61:1-2 and 58:6 ,Jesus "closed the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down ... And He began to say to them, 'TODAY THIS SCRIPTURE' HAS BEEN FULFILLED IN YOUR HEARING.'" Lk. 4:20-21. His point is dramatic and astonishing: the jubilant kingdom of God has broken into human life to bring comprehensive salvation to the world in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is explaining to His audience that at at the very moment of His teaching, and with His person and ministry the Jubilant Day of Restoration promised by Isaiah 61 is breaking into human life, society and experience. The rich blessings Isaiah promised, from this point in Jesus' life onward, will begin to be bestowed and experienced by God's people gradually and increasingly until they are brought to full perfection in individual believers at their deaths, and brought to full consummation for the entire creation at the second coming of Christ.