Salvation

The Messiah Revealed

September 16, 2014

Who is the Messiah? Do we even need a savior?

What a wonderful thing it is to know that God has answered these two questions, with an emphatic yes to both! Take a look at the following passage of scripture:

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Luke 4:16-21

Here is Jesus, in Nazareth, the place where he grew up, instructing those that knew him as he grew into adulthood. But even though they knew him socially, they did not know him as the savior. Since Jesus understood the Jewish culture well, he took the Old Testament scriptures, and proclaimed himself as the fulfillment of the promise. Take a look at the Old Testament passage he was reading while he was there in the synagogue:

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD
Isaiah 61:1-2a

The entire point of this passage was Jesus revealing himself as the messiah to those of Nazareth, and also to us today.

He is indeed the savior of the world!

To further cement this amazing truth, let’s take a look at some of the specific prophecies identified and fulfilled in Luke 4:16-21.

Luke 4:18 includes “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…”, a direct reference to another prophecy given through Isaiah.

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
Isaiah 11:2-5

Luke 4:18 also mentions the preaching to the poor, which is a prophecy given in Zephaniah and confirmed in Matthew.

I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
Zephaniah 3:12

The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
Matthew 11:5

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:3

Luke 4:18 further proclaims the healing the broken hearted, a prophecy given in II Chronicles and in the Psalms.

Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.
II Chronicles 34:27

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalm 34:18

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3

Luke 4:18 declares the deliverance of the captives, a prophecy stated in Isaiah, the Psalms and confirmed in Colossians.

To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
Isaiah 42:7

For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;
To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;
Psalm 102:19-20

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Colossians 1:13-14

Luke 4:18 also mentions the restoring of sight to the blind, a prophecy declared in the Psalms and confirmed in Matthew and Acts.

The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
Matthew 11:5

The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:
Psalm 146:8

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Acts 26:18

Luke 4:19 states “To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Christ certainly fulfilled this prophecy that was mentioned in Isaiah and confirmed in II Corinthians.

For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.
Isaiah 63:4

(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
II Corinthians 6:2

These truths are phenomenal, and give great credence to the person and work of Jesus Christ. But when Christ said “To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” in Luke 4:19, he concluded his reading there. This is a very important fact, because he stopped right in the middle of Isaiah 61:2. This passage of scripture goes on to say:

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Isaiah 61:2

You see, Isaiah 61:2 speaks of “the day of vengeance” when there will be no more mercy, no more time to accept the Lord. When that day comes, there will be no more chances. If you have not accepted Christ by then, you will be forever damned, to be punished in the flames of hell to burn for all of eternity.

But that’s the last thing God wants for you. That’s precisely why he sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to provide salvation for you.

Why not trust Christ today? How about right now?

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