Jesus had fully installed the operating platform of Sonship in the wilderness. The ministry of priesthood before Father, offering himself as a sacrifice for 40 days had resulted in the Spirit governing his person. The victory over the Tempter had been achieved by the leading of the Spirit and speaking Father’s truth opposed to the Tempter’s deception.
Now, coming out of the wilderness, Jesus is walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. He is led by the Spirit back into Galilea where he begins to teach and “a fame of him” went through all the land. The word “fame” literally means to make known one’s thoughts; to declare”.
The Spirit has now released him man-ward. As we saw in the wilderness encounter with the Tempter, the “thoughts” he is making known are the thoughts of the Father. This is the reason for the notoriety he was receiving.
Ultimately, he is taken into Nazareth, his home town. He enters the synagogue on the Sabbath as any good Jew would do. He stands up in the midst of the people to read and the book of the prophet Isaiah is given to him. This is by order of the Holy Spirit.
He reads from Isaiah (chapter 61) where it says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has 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.”
He closed the scroll, handed it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the place were fastened on him. He had read the scriptures with an authority and a grace with which they were unaccustomed. Then, he dropped the bomb on them!
“This day this scripture is fulfilled in your ears!”
Wow! What a shocker. This was an unanticipated declaration. These words of the prophet were spoken regarding the Messiah or Christ. (Anointed One)
Jesus was letting the religious order of the day know that the thing originally intended by this scripture was about to be accomplished. And, it would be accomplished in/by/through him.
Although they had sensed the grace and authority with which he had read the passage, the response of the people was this: “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”
Obviously, they had not heard John the Baptist’s identification of him on the day of baptism. They were not there as Father affirmed him as “Son” from heaven and the Spirit descended upon him. They were not privy to the 40 days of isolation and consecration in the wilderness. The battle and ultimate victory he had achieved against the Tempter had not been reported to them. They only knew that somehow, someway, Joseph’s boy had built a reputation for himself because he walked in a peculiar authority and read the scriptures in a manner in which they had never experienced.
This power which resides in him comes by virtue of the very nature which he now partakes of. It is the operating platform of Sonship. He is here to only say/do what he hears/sees the Father do. The words are not his own; they are the Father’s. His body was given to him to do the will of the Father. That which sustains him is to do the will of the Father and bring to fulfillment that which pleases the Father.
Jesus, in the anointing of the Christ, walks as a true Son in the midst of a broken humanity which is desperate and disconnected from God. Having installed the operating platform of Sonship, he exists as a Priest before God and, now, he is released man-ward as Prophet, to make Father and His intentions known. For the first time in the planet’s history, there is an unhindered flow from Father’s throne into the earth. The chosen method of this revealing: A Son who functions both as Priest (God-ward) and Prophet (Man-ward).
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