I’ve been meditating this week in Luke 4:18-19 where Jesus is in the synagogue and is handed the scroll of Isaiah to read. He has just come off of a 40 day fast where He defeated the temptations of the devil. He is about to begin His ministry. And He turns to Isaiah 61 and reads the first several verses. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me…” It goes on to talk about the blind receiving their sight, the captives being set free, the good news being preached to the poor, etc. Some exciting stuff! These verses are very special to me. My purpose in this short blog isn’t to expound on the verses themselves.
At the end of reading this, Jesus makes a wonderful statement that angered many. “Today, this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Think about this.
Jesus, at this point, hadn’t done a single miracle. He hadn’t opened the eyes of the blind or turned the water into wine. He hadn’t multiplied the loaves or raised Lazurus. Nothing. Nada. Not a single miracle.
Yet Jesus says that this verse, right now, is fulfilled!
As a man, Jesus walked this earth the same way you and I do – by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, through the promise of Isaiah, is declaring the Scripture fulfilled, by faith, before any of those things took place. “I know it hasn’t actually manifested yet, but I’m telling you. It’s already done!” He had heard the voice of the Holy Spirit, and so it was better than fact. It was already done. It was already fulfilled.
The mob got so mad at Jesus that they took Him out to kill Him. But Jesus time had not yet come. Jesus walked right through them, and into His destiny. He first declared it fulfilled, and then He spent the next three years fulfilling that declaration.
Now it’s important to understand that we can’t just go around picking out any Scripture we want and flippantly “declaring” it. That doesn’t do any good. That’s nothing more than presumption. You cannot strongarm God into anything!
But when in prayer, as we are in the Word, the Holy Spirit quickens to us a promise – when it is imparted to us by His Spirit – oh, then that is marvelous! That is the beginning of real faith! It comes by hearing God’s Word! And at that point – then we do the same thing Jesus did! We declare emphatically the fulfilled Word of the Lord. And we can do this even before the outward manifestation. We can do this even while others don’t understand. Even while naysayers spew their doubt. We can believe God!
That’s when we cut through all the unbelief and that’s when step out – right into our destiny.