Jesus is the fulfillment of the Prophets

Luke 4:14-21

Third Sunday of the Year (C)

 

If we read the Gospel of today in the very view of St. Luke who wrote it, we find the why Luke, who as a pagan, became Christian, and found that he had a mission to wrote two books. The Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.

 

In today Gospel Luke tells us that Jesus is the one who had fulfilled all the messages of prophets of Old Testament. He writes what Jesus read from Prophet Isaiah 61:1-2 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord”. Then he tells us the some words that Jesus commented on the reading: “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing”. For Luke, Jesus in himself is the answer to all what the Scriptures have said.

 

Because Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophets, Luke speaks about his mission in writing his Gospel “ that you may realize the certainty of the teaching you have received” Luke 1:4

In fact Luke will tell us about this same teaching that the two disciples going to Emmaus after the resurrection, have received directly from Jesus “Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures” Luke 24:27. Because Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament the two disciples have said: “Were not our hearts burning while he spoke to us on the way and open the scriptures to us? Luke 24:32

Origin a Father of the Church (183-253) commenting on the same text of today Gospel calls us to look at Jesus as the center of our life: “When Jesus had read this prophecy, he rolled us the scroll, handed it back to the assistant and sat down. Every eye in the synagogue was fixed upon him. Here too in this synagogue that is in this present assembly you can at this very moment fix your eyes upon your Savior if you wish. Whenever you direct your inward gaze toward wisdom and truth and the contemplation of God’s only Son, then your eyes are fixed upon Jesus … How I long for our own assembly to deserve the same testimony; for all of you, catechumens as well the faithful, women, men and children, to have your eyes, not those of the body but of the soul, turned toward Jesus!”

 

Fix your eyes on Jesus when you read the Old Testament. Find the texts that refers to Jesus our Messiah, God and Savior.

St. Mathew who wrote his Gospel to the Jews gives us, beside St. Luke, many of the prophecies that have been fulfilled in Jesus.