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Featured Matt.16:28 fulfilled in 70 A.D. & the second coming?

Discussion in 'Eschatology - Endtimes & Prophecy Forum' started by ClementofA, Mar 27, 2018.

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    Jesus promised His thief's Coming would befall the first century Christians at Sardis (Revelation 3:3)

    As far as I can tell, you claim that did not come to pass.

    Do you therefore claim Jesus should be stoned as a presumptous prophet, or does He get a pass, and is allowed to make false predictions?
     
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    The Entire Roman Jewish war, beginning in 66AD while "some standing there" were still alive.
     
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    If Bro. Showers doesn't realize...:

    2 Corinthians 1:20
    For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

    Galatians 3:16
    Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

    ...then he's not as smart as he should be.

    Do those two simple but profound verses appear in anything Bro. Showers has written, or anything you've cited?

    If so, we'd like to see what the writers have to say about them.
     
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    Of course The Church Is Israel.
    It was (and still is) the Nazarene sect of Judaism, the faithful remnant who followed Israel's Messiah. The "church" is not something separate from Israel, but rather is the remnant of the faithful within Israel.

    Isaiah pointed out that in times of Israel's great apostasies, the faithful of the nation were reduced to a tiny remnant of elect ones (Isaiah 1:8-9). So it was in the first century, where Paul identifies himself as an example of the faithful remnant (Romans 11:1-5).

    The apostles continually say that the members of the Nazarene sect are the true elect ones (2 Tim 2:10; Col 3:12; Galatians 6:15-16; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Peter 2:9-10 ).

    However, many here have a bizarre idea of who is Israel (they count the disobedient sons of Abraham as Israel while discounting entirely the faithful sons of Abraham).

    St. Paul said that when the nation was in mass apostasy, the TRUE Israel was carried on not through the lineages of the wicked sons but rather through the OBEDIENT FEW (called the "remnant"), such as was true in Isaiah's day (Romans 9:27-29) and Elijah's day (Romans 11:3-5).

    Peter says the same thing at Acts 3:22-24, where it is clear that the wicked jews who refuse Christ were to be "cut off from among the People of Israel" while the faithful jews (John the Baptist, Joseph and Mary, the Twelve, the Seventy, the three thousand on Pentecost day, and many other jews) were the True Faithful Israel.

    Just as the jewish church abode with Moses in the wilderness (Acts 7:37-38), so Jesus had HIS jewish church (Mt. 16:18-19). And within a few years after Pentecost, the faithful Israel learned how to start accepting both jewish and also gentile followers from all over the empire to convert into their Nation (1 Peter 2:9-10; Mt 21:40-45). And so the tiny remnant True Israel grew into a worldwide Judaism living under the promised NEW covenant of Israel's Messiah.

    And so it was also in Moses' day, when the countless thousands of wicked sons of Abraham were slain in the wilderness while the faithful sons of Abraham survived and "Israel" got to enter the Promised Land. We must NEVER count the continuation of Israel through the wicked sons but rather always through the faithful remnant!

    The Church is the faithful ones of Israel.

    "Replacing" the everlasting Gospel and eternal Church of Israel with a future temple Judaism, complete with blood animal sacrifices and forced circumcision is the TRUE replacement theology of BACKWARD REDEMPTION.

    A concept that, according to the apostles, is a rebuke against the Blood of Christ, a falling away from salvation.
     
  7. mkgal1

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    From Ancient Faith blog:

    ------->There is an effort among many Christian scholars today to revise the traditional approach to the question of Israel’s identity.

    These scholars argue that the Church must be subtly distinguished from the ‘actual Israel’ in order to do justice to the voice of the Old Testament. But I will argue that this position must be rejected, not simply because it is our tradition, but also because the identity of Israel and the Church undergirds the very messianic claims of Jesus Christ.

    The framework within which these scholars set the discussion is flawed, practically guaranteeing an incorrect conclusion. For example, speaking of “supersessionism,” they’ll claim:

    According to this view, if Israel has a contribution to the Christian faith, that contribution is exclusively related to the Old Testament times . . . the living Israel has been totally ignored if not rhetorically demonized.[1. Eugen J. Pentiuc, The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition, p. 39]​

    But this assumes precisely what they’re trying to prove: that Israel according to the flesh constitutes the living Israel, while the Church is ‘grafted onto’ Israel according to the flesh. Such statements are impossible to reconcile with the New Testament. For Paul and the Apostles, every promise God made to Israel is fulfilled in Christ (2 Cor. 1:20).

    In order to understand how this works, one must see the Old Testament as a story. That story begins with God’s creation of the world, His investiture of Adam as Royal Priest over his world, and Adam’s failure to fulfill his commission. Adam’s failure incurs the curse of exile, wherein he loses access to the Tree of Life (Gen. 3:17-24). The Lord calls the children of Israel to undo for the world what Adam had done to it. This is why He promises to give Abram a great “name” (Gen. 12:2), in contrast to the builders of Babel who tried to create a great “name” for themselves (Gen. 11:4). While the world had divided into seventy nations (Gen. 10), God promised to restore and reunite the human family through Abraham, saying that through him, all the families of the Earth would be blessed (Gen. 12:3, renewing the primeval blessing given to humanity in Gen. 1:27-28), and that Abraham would become the “father of many nations” (Gen. 17:4-5).​

    The first key to understanding the Old Testament is the reality that Israel is Adam. The second is the nature of the Sinai covenant. God’s gift of Torah is meant to lead the New Adam to life. Moses promises that if Israel obeys, she will live, but if she disobeys, she will die (Deut. 30:15). Unfortunately, Moses prophesies that Israel will disobey. And yet, there is light at the end of the tunnel. When Israel is faithful, God circumcises her heart, brings her back from exile, and enables her to truly love the Lord. This, in turn, grants her true “life” (Deut. 30:1-6).

    The Torah begins with Adam exiled from the Tree of Life, and ends with Israel, the New Adam, returning from exile to life. This is why Ezekiel prophesies that the return from exile would be constituted by God breathing His Spirit into Israel (the New Adam; cf. Gen. 2:7), and her rising from the dead (Ezek. 37:1-14). He even proclaims that the end of Israel’s exile—and her newfound obedience—will cause the land to turn into Eden (Ezek. 36:35).

    Why these prophecies lead to Jesus is seen in the great irony of Deut. 30. Moses promises that once Israel is faithful, God will circumcise her heart, enabling her to be faithful. But how can Israel be faithful with an uncircumcised heart? This is where the Incarnation enters, and Isaiah 59 explains just as well as any writing of the New Testament.

    The Lord mourns the plight: Israel is unable to fulfill her calling because she is full of sin (Isa. 59:1–16), but God solves this by “putting on a breastplate of righteousness and coming down” (Isa. 59:17). The Lord Himself becomes an Israelite in order to do for the world what Israel was supposed to. Isaiah 49:3–5 shares a similar point: the Servant of the Lord is named ‘Israel,’ but is called to bring the remnant back from exile.~Israel and the Church: Why Does It Matter? – On Behalf of All
     
  8. Brian Mcnamee

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    If you keep reading that same chapter you get more information of when the Lord is coming as He promises the church of Philadelphia
    0 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 Behold,[fn] I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
    13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

    This coming quickly is directly associated with the day of trial coming upon the whole earth. The 2nd coming of Jesus is described in great detail in zech 14. You see Jerusalem being overun by many nations. This is the same as Armageddon. Jesus is then king over all the earth. He is the stone not cut with hands of Dan 2 establishing the kingdom that will never end that covers the earth and leaves no trace of the other kingdoms. This is when Satan is bound the the dead in Christ rule and reign with him upon the earth for 1000 years.

    ..
     
  9. mkgal1

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    Let's try that again.

    Parousia70 asked:

     
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    How about the transfiguration (v.28) & 2nd coming in our future (v.27)?
     
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    Your conclusion on Israel is wrong. In Isaiah 61 a passage which Jesus quoted and applied to himself is proof you are wrong about Israel and all being fulfilled. Jesus read a portion of that passage in Isaiah and stopped mid sentence.
    The rest of the passage is also speaking of the same person whom the spirit of the LORD was upon.
    To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
    And the day of vengeance of our God;
    To comfort all who mourn,
    3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
    To give them beauty for ashes,
    The oil of joy for mourning,
    The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
    That they may be called trees of righteousness,
    The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
    4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
    They shall raise up the former desolations,
    And they shall repair the ruined cities,
    The desolations of many generations.
    5 Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
    And the sons of the foreigner
    Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
    6 But you shall be named the priests of the LORD,
    They shall call you the servants of our God.
    You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles,
    And in their glory you shall boast.
    7 Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
    And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
    Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
    Everlasting joy shall be theirs.
    8 “For I, the LORD, love justice;
    I hate robbery for burnt offering;
    I will direct their work in truth,
    And will make with them an everlasting covenant.
    9 Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles,
    And their offspring among the people.
    All who see them shall acknowledge them,
    That they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed.”
    What is happening in the day of vengeance being described here? Comforting those who mourn in Zion. They shall be called trees of righteousness and the planting of the LORD. The entire passage is a promise to those in Zion and distinctions are made between them and Gentiles. With an everlasting new covenant promised to them at that time in the day of vengeance of God.

    In LUKE 1 Zacharias prophesied about Jesus and what He would do.
    “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel,
    For He has visited and redeemed His people,
    69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
    In the house of His servant David,
    70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets,
    Who have been since the world began,
    71 That we should be saved from our enemies
    And from the hand of all who hate us,
    72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers
    And to remember His holy covenant,
    73 The oath which He swore to our father Abraham:
    74 To grant us that we,
    Being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
    Might serve Him without fear,
    75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.

    This deliverance promised is still future. Zech 14 shows the day of this deliverance and the day the LORD is king over all the earth. It shows Jerusalem is being overrun by the nations on the day the LORD comes with His saints. It is a day the enemies of God are melted, the mount of Olives splits in two and a new river that flows year round forms. It is a day when it is dark in the day and bright at night. Rev says Satan is bound at the time the false prophet and antichrist are thrown into the fire for 1000 years. It says the nations who were deceived will no longer be deceived until Satan is loosed at the end of the 1000 years. It says those beheaded for refusing the mark of the beast will live and reign for 1000 years.

    In Zech 14 we see the LORD coming with his saints just as Jude quote Enoch saying“Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.

    You explained how to see the scriptures to get the idea that the church is Israel. I say if you read and believe what the Bible says will happen you can see Israel still has many promises to be fulfilled. There is going to be a kingdom age on earth for 1000 years.
     
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    So your answer then is, "Yes, Jesus gets to make false predictions"?
     
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    Ugh....
     
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    He did not "He reward each according to his works." at the Transfiguration, so nope.

    If it's yet in our future, all standing there have tasted death, so no, that does not fit either.

    What else ya got?
     
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    Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,a to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

    Yes, Jesus fulfilled Isaiah 61:1-2 because in that day he proclaimed good news to the poor, freedom for captives, and healed the broken hearted. This is clearly seen fulfilled in luke 4:21-21:

    Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

    Was there a day, that occurred later, when Jesus PROCLAIMED the day of vengeance of God? Yes

    Luke 21:20-22 But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written.

    The true enemies of God's people are not earthly, fleshly empire/people, but sin and the powers of darkness.

    Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms

    But praise be to the eternal God who already has rescued us from this:

    Colossians 1:13-14
    13He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.


    Already fulfilled

    1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

    Christ is already ruler over the kings of the earth:

    Revelation 1:55and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.

    Old covenant Jerusalem was destroyed by the Roman armies in 70AD

    I suggest looking at old testament language that is apocalyptic in nature when describing judgment on nations:

    Here is 1, for example, that describes impending destruction of Samaria by the Assyrians:


    Micah 1:4
    For behold, the Lord is coming out of his place,
    and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.
    4And the mountains will melt under him,
    and the valleys will split open,
    like wax before the fire,


    This prophecy was fulfilled when assyrians came and destroyed Samaria

    Or how about Isaiah 13:10
    10For the stars of the heavens and their constellations
    will not give their light;
    the sun will be dark at its rising,
    and the moon will not shed its light.

    What is Isaiah talking about? judgment of Babylon by the medes

    Isaiah 13:17 17Behold, I am stirring up the Medes against them,
    who have no regard for silver
    and do not delight in gold.
     
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    Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,a to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

    Yes, Jesus fulfilled Isaiah 61:1-2 because in that day he proclaimed good news to the poor, freedom for captives, and healed the broken hearted. This is clearly seen fulfilled in luke 4:21-21:

    Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

    Was there a day, that occurred later, when Jesus PROCLAIMED the day of vengeance of God? Yes

    Luke 21:20-22 But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written.

    The true enemies of God's people are not earthly, fleshly empire/people, but sin and the powers of darkness.

    Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms

    But praise be to the eternal God who already has rescued us from this:

    Colossians 1:13-14
    13He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.


    Already fulfilled

    1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

    Christ is already ruler over the kings of the earth:

    Revelation 1:55and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.

    Old covenant Jerusalem was destroyed by the Roman armies in 70AD

    I suggest looking at old testament language that is apocalyptic in nature when describing judgment on nations:

    Here is 1, for example, that describes impending destruction of Samaria by the Assyrians:


    Micah 1:4
    For behold, the Lord is coming out of his place,
    and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.
    4And the mountains will melt under him,
    and the valleys will split open,
    like wax before the fire,


    This prophecy was fulfilled when assyrians came and destroyed Samaria

    Or how about Isaiah 13:10
    10For the stars of the heavens and their constellations
    will not give their light;
    the sun will be dark at its rising,
    and the moon will not shed its light.

    What is Isaiah talking about? judgment of Babylon by the medes

    Isaiah 13:17 17Behold, I am stirring up the Medes against them,
    who have no regard for silver
    and do not delight in gold.
     
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    Rewards is v.27. Could v.28 be the transfiguration as a preview of the 2nd coming (v.27) which hasn't occurred yet?
     
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    Only if you divorce vs 27 from vs 28, which, when working backwards from the assumption that your paradigm is correct, you have to do in order to make those scriptures fit it, since there is no scriptural instruction to do so.

    I think changing ones paradigm to fit the scripture as written, in its context, is the more excellent way.
     
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    Well....first off, that wasn't only *my* conclusion. That quote was from Ancient Faith...and if you read from what comes from the Orthodox church....you'll see that is the conclusion that was arrived at originally.

    I just want to make sure I am understanding you correctly: are you suggesting that since Jesus didn't quote Isaiah 61 verbatim then that means all that's prophesied in that passage hasn't been fulfilled?

    If so.....I'd like to mention there's another belief as to why Jesus left parts of the text out (and quoted other passages at the same time).

    Quoting from: Redeeming God--------->Well, the text Jesus taught from was Isaiah 61:1-2. But if you go and look at the text that Jesus taught from, and compare it with the text He quoted in Luke 4:18-19, Jesus stopped His quotation midsentence! He didn’t finish reading Isaiah 61:2.

    And what did He not read? The next phrase in Isaiah 61:2 talks about “the day of vengeance of our God.” Jesus purposefully ignored this phrase! He excluded it from His reading.​

    When I first taught on Luke 4 about fifteen years ago, I explained to my congregation that the reason Jesus didn’t talk about the day of God’s vengeance was because the first coming of Jesus, which we read about in the Gospels, was for love, grace, and forgiveness, whereas the second coming of Jesus, which we read about in the book of Revelation, will be full of blood and wrath and violence. I said that since Jesus was only proclaiming the mission statement for His first coming, He had to stop half-way through Isaiah 61:2.​

    “But watch out!” I told my congregation. “For wrath, and judgment, and blood, and fire are coming! Jesus will return a second time, and you do not want to be on the earth when He comes, for it will be a day of vengeance and death such as the world has never seen.”

    Sigh.

    I have many regrets about some of the things I preached when I was a pastor, but that is one of the sermons I regret most.

    I now believe (because I understand Revelation quite differently … and I will explain how I understand it in a future episode of my One Verse Podcast ) that Jesus stopped half-way through Isaiah 61:2, not because the violence of God was being pushed to some future violent and bloody return of Jesus, but because Jesus wanted us to know that God is love, and in Him there is no violence at all.~https://redeeminggod.com/cherry-pick-verses/


    And from this article: Real Restoration: Luke: Jesus Reads Isaiah in the Synagogue | One In Jesus
    ----------------->That leaves for consideration: In what sense could the gospel free the Jews from Roman oppression and captivity? They, of course, would have expected a rebellion against Rome. Luke knew this isn’t how Jesus would overthrow the Romans.​

    And as far as the impending judgment, quoting from here: The Flood According to Isaiah 54:7-9

    -------->Closing The Book On Vengeance - Brian Zahnd

    This is how Jesus read Isaiah 61:2 when he returned to Nazareth after beginning his ministry. Jesus edited Isaiah. Reading from this familiar passage in Isaiah, Jesus stopped midsentence and rolled up the scroll! It would be like someone singing the national anthem and ending with, O’er the land of the free. Everybody would be waiting for and the home of the brave. Jesus didn’t finish the line. Jesus omitted the bit about “the day of vengeance of our God.”

    In announcing that God’s jubilee of liberation, amnesty, and pardon was arriving with what he was doing, Jesus omitted any reference to God exacting vengeance on Israel’s enemies. In claiming that Isaiah’s prophecy had been fulfilled in their hearing, Jesus is claiming to be Jubilee in person. But the scandalous suggestion is that this Jubilee is to be for everybody…even Israel’s enemies.

    Jesus edited out vengeance, and this gives us a key to how Jesus read the Old Testament. And lest we think that Jesus’ omission of “the day of vengeance” was simply an oversight or meaningless, consider what Jesus says to the hometown crowd in the synagogue following his edited reading of Isaiah. Jesus recalls the stories of the widow of Zarephath and Naaman the leper — Gentiles who instead of receiving vengeance from God, received provision and healing.

    Jesus is announcing the arrival of the Lord’s favor, but he is emphasizing that it is for everybody…even for Sidonians and Syrians, even for Israel’s enemies! Jesus is making clear that in bringing the Jubilee of God he is bringing it for everybody!

    How was this message of God’s inclusive favor received in Nazareth? Not well, not well at all. Initially Jesus’ hometown “spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.” But as soon as Jesus made clear that he was closing the book on vengeance, that he would not endorse the idea of divine retribution on their enemies, the crowd turned viciously against Jesus. They drove him out of town and tried to throw him off a cliff!

    Jesus refused to read Isaiah’s vision of vengeance in the synagogue, just as he would refuse to be a violent, vengeful Messiah in the model of King David and Judah Maccabeus. And that ignited the rage of the crowd. It’s amazing just how angry some people can become if you try to take away their religion of revenge. As long as Jesus announced that it was the time of God’s favor, the crowd spoke well of him. But as soon as he made it clear that God’s favor is for everyone, as soon as Jubilee was made inclusive and not exclusive, they tried to throw him off a cliff.

    Until we are captivated by the radical mercy of God extended to all, we will cling to the texts of vengeance as cherished texts. We do this not for the noble sake of justice, but for the spiteful sake of revenge. With the incident in the synagogue of Nazareth we learn that Jesus has closed the book on vengeance.

    The Word made flesh prevents us from rifling through the Bible to find texts of vengeance to fling upon our enemies. If we try to hold onto a divine warrant for vengeance, Jesus passes through our midst and goes away. If we cling to vengeance, we lose Jesus. If we don’t want this to happen, we need to learn to give mercy to our enemies. If we commit to loving our enemies, Jesus will abide with us and help us learn how to do it.

    Jesus didn’t come to bring vengeance, he came to close the book on vengeance. Jesus announced the Jubilee good news of pardon, amnesty, liberation, and restoration…but not vengeance. Jesus doesn’t bless revenge, he blesses mercy, and teaches that the mercy we show to our enemies is the mercy that will be shown to us. God does not allow us to hope that the book of divine vengeance will be closed for us, but left open and inflicted in full upon others. This is not how it works in God’s economy of grace revealed by Jesus.

    Does this mean there’s no divine judgment? Of course not. Certainly there is divine judgment, but it is a judgment based in God’s love and commitment to restoration. The restorative judgment of God gives no warrant to a schadenfreude yearning to see harm inflicted on others. Jesus has closed the book on that kind of lust for vengeance.

    A couple more on Jesus' edit of Isaiah 61: isaiah Archives - Redefining Faith

    ---->Why did Jesus stop before the announcement of vengeance? I would suggest that it is simply because He knew his mission was not judgment, but to ‘provide a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).~Luke 4:16-21 – Reading Isaiah in Nazareth
     
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