Original photo is of the great Isaiah scroll from the Dead Sea Scrolls
Daily Reformation, Luke 4:14-21
From the Reformer
Christ did not merely affirm in a few words, but proved by a reference to facts, that the time was now come, when it was the will of God to restore his ruined church. The object of his discourse was, to expound the prediction clearly to his hearers: just as expositors handle Scripture in a proper and orderly manner, when they apply it to the circumstances of those whom they address.
—John Calvin, Commentary on Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Pulling It Together
What a bold statement Jesus made that day before all those people—people who knew him and had seen him grow up. Yet he boldly stated, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”His statement was not merely bold; it was the truth. Truth must be boldly declared no matter how outrageous it may seem to the hearer.
It is more difficult for most of us to be bold about ourselves, yet here, Jesus declares this seemingly outrageous fact about himself. How fortunate we are that we are not called upon to speak such bold truths about ourselves. We are to speak the truth about another. Tell it!
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers