Fulfillment of Scripture; August 8, 2020

Luke 4:21 And he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

This whole story is one I have loved for a long time. I have preached multiple times about how the passage from Isaiah is our commission as well as Jesus’, because of Jesus’ words after His resurrection: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21) However, that fact drives home what I feel the Lord saying most strongly at the moment: we too are part of the fulfillment of Scripture. We are used to the idea that Jesus fulfilled Scripture, and we are aware that there are prophecies in the Bible that have yet to be fulfilled, but we don’t often think about our being part of that fulfillment. Sadly, one of the best examples of that is Jesus’ statement that “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12) We who maintain love for the Lord should take comfort in the very next statement: “but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Matt 24:13) Recently many have been seeing world events as fulfilling Scripture in Revelation and elsewhere, but we need to remember that some prophecies are fulfilled multiple times. Some of the things Jesus said about the End Times were clearly fulfilled when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in AD 70, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be fulfilled again. The point is that every statement in Scripture is valid, and we need to be careful we don’t fulfill the negative things, as well as to keep ourselves available as instruments for fulfilling the positive things. To go back to Matthew 24, the next thing Jesus said was, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14) If our prayer is indeed, Maranatha, (Our Lord, come! In 1 Corinthians 16:22) then we need to be active in preaching the gospel of the kingdom! These days electronic means are included in that, but the important thing is the message, not the method. After all, “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)

Recently a brother spoke clearly to me that the Lord is going to use the Internet to multiply the work of this church. We have recently started live-streaming our services, which I had been encouraged to do before but had always hesitated for various reasons. This past Sunday, the viewership of the live stream was 10 times the number of those physically present, and spanned multiple continents. I am not to take personal pride in that, but I am not to fail to go through this door the Lord is opening. I am to let the Lord show me how He wants to use me to fulfill His promises, because I certainly can’t accomplish anything on my own. These are exciting times, which isn’t always comfortable, but there is glory in being part of what God is doing.

Father, thank You for this Word. Help me indeed not hang back from what You are doing, but keep myself fully available for whatever You want to do through me, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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