“This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears.” – Luke 4:21

These words had been written seven hundred years before. Now Jesus reads them and says, “I am the One to whom these golden sentences refer. This scripture is fulfilled before your eyes. I am the anointed One and this is the mission on which I came to this world.”

The whole Old Testament was full of Christ. There were a thousand fingers along its pages, every one pointing to Him. All its types, prophesies, and promises were fulfilled when He came, lived, died, and was raised again, and then was glorified.

It is very interesting to take up Christ’s whole public life. and ministry and show how perfectly He lived out the wonderful mission which the prophet had outlined for Him centuries before He came. He preached the gospel to the poor; He was the friend of the poor. He healed the broken-hearted. Wherever He went, the sorrowing and the troubled came flocking around Him, as a magnet draws steel filings to itself from the rubbish. There was something in Him that drew the sad and broken to Him.

There are two classes of the broken-hearted: 1) those whose hearts are broken because of sin; 2) those who are crushed by affliction. Both these classes of people came to Christ. Sinners came and found in Him, not a stern Judge, but a tender and compassionate Saviour. The afflicted came to Him and found true comfort. He loved all men and sympathized with them, and was able to help them.

Then He also brought deliverance to sin’s captives, setting them free, breaking their chains. He opened blind eyes, not only the physical eyes of people, but their spiritual eyes as well, to behold the things of heaven and everlasting life. Then He lifted the yoke of the crushed and oppressed, inviting all the weary to Himself to find rest for their souls.

– J. R. Miller

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