Scriptural Reflections

"This day is fullfilled This Scripture"

"The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.  And he began to say to them: This day is fulfilled This Scripture in your hearing."  (Luke 4:20-21)


There is, unfortunately, no shortage of so-called "theologians" and "biblical experts" who, touting the stale old fare of the mid '70s, continue to tell us that Jesus didn't really know who He was (as Son of God)--or--never claimed to be the messiah.


The passage above, from Luke's Gospel, refers to Jesus' visit to the synagogue in Nazareth.  He had just finished reading from Isaiah: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord."


If you know to whom Isaiah was refering with these prophetic words, then you'd also know how radical and unexpected were the very next words spoken by Jesus -- after handing the scroll back to the attendant.


The only way for Isaiah's prophesy to be fulfilled in their hearing, was for the words to actually have been spoken, outloud, by the Messiah.


Oh yes:  Jesus knew his identity -- and he proclaimed it to those who would listen.