16 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.
17 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,
18 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,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20 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.
I want to take my devotional today from verse 17 to verse 20 of our text. In verse 16, Jesus had just gotten to Nazareth and He entered the synagogue. Since He was from Nazareth, He had been to the synagogue before. Jesus came in and stood up to read the book. Are you not glad we have a pastor that stands for the Bible?
Verse 17 says, "And there was delivered unto him the book ..." I thought of how many Scriptures have been printed and delivered around the world and have never been delivered to the wrong address!
I do not want to apologize, but it says THE book .... not A book ... not SOME book ... but THE book. There is only ONE book and that is THE book. For the English speaking people, it is the King James Bible.
Now look what happened next in verse 17: "... And when he had opened the book, ..." He is the only One that can open the book. In Revelation 5:2 the angel was proclaiming, "... Who is worthy to open the book, ..." No one was found worthy to open the book, but Jesus, the Lamb of God.
He opened the book and found the place. If we do not have the book, we cannot find the place. What are we to find?
- Jesus found Himself in prophesy out of the book of Isaiah and His role in it.
- We are encouraged to find ourselves. Did you ever read the Bible and find out you were reading about yourself? That is God speaking to us. The main thing we need to do is to keep the book open.
In verse 20, "And he closed the book, ..." Between verse 17 and verse 20, there are two verses likened to the age of grace. They speak of the Spirit of the Lord, preaching, healing, delivering, recovering, and liberty. This describes what the world needs. In verse 17, the book is open. In verse 20, the book is closed. In verse 16, Jesus stood up. In verse 20, Jesus sat down. FINISHED! We do not have much time!
Tomorrow thousands of Bulgarian Scripture will be finished and go to Bulgaria, as well as other languages to other parts of the world. Still the work is not done. Let us "keep on keeping on" until our work is finished.
|Written by Sam Caudill
February 21, 2018