Waiting for riches. Waiting for freedom. Waiting for sight. Waiting for liberation from slavery.
There was silence for four hundred years.
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
(Luke 4:14-21 ESV)
Today, Jesus proclaims he is the fulfilment of all Scripture. In a dinky little town, in a small room, with very simple people, he proclaimed, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing”. Four hundred years of silence has been broken. Jesus is our riches. He is our freedom. He is our sight. He is our liberation. The waiting has finished. The silence is broken. Jesus has saved us for his eternal Kingdom. Jesus has brought us back into God’s presence.