Can you imagine what it would have been like to be there in the synagogue when Jesus unrolled the ancient scroll, read a passage that was familiar from sacred text, only to hear him proclaim:
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 1.21
In other words; I AM the fulfillment. Some of the people believed immediately that Jesus was indeed the long awaited Savior, yet many doubted. To this day those who practice Judaism still wait for the coming of the Savior. Those who believed Jesus on that day became some of the very first Christians. We must remember that all of the people in this story are our ancestors in faith. Christianity was born out of Judaism. Judaism was the religion practiced by the Holy Family: Mary and Joseph and Jesus. All of this was part of God’s plan.
I have heard it said that if we do not know our history, our ancestry, we are like a leaf that does not know it is part of a tree. The whole of the Old Testament is our family history; it lays out how humanity came to know and understand God and His plan for our salvation. God’s plan is ingenious! How could he help humanity to understand the unconditional love and mercy he had for His people? How would He convince people over a multitude of generations that He was indeed in a loving and lasting relationship with them?
So as the Old Testament unfolds the prophets announced God’s plan – He would send a Savior. The Savior was one with Him and the Holy Spirit. God would come down from heaven, in the flesh, to live among us. God would become man, fully human yet fully divine. God did not need to become human for his sake. He became incarnate for our sake, that we, through Jesus would come to understand his deep and eternal love for all of humanity.
What an incredible gift! So if we were the people at the time Jesus stood in our synagogue and proclaimed the sacred words which were held with great reverence by the Jewish people, would we believe that what was read by Jesus was also fulfilled in Him? How would you react? I believe it is good for us to immerse ourselves in the Scripture we read or hear and contemplate how we might have reacted. To be sure, we are in another time in the history of humanity, but examining Scripture in this way can often bring us to new understanding. Doing so has the potential to bring us to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Think about it!
Have a blessed week.
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC