Day 7: January 7

Mark 14:61-62 (NLT)

61 But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 Jesus said, “I Am. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

When the high priest first questioned Him, Jesus did not reply. But when asked under oath (Matt. 26:63) whether He was the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed, the Savior replied that He was, thus acting in obedience to Leviticus 5:1. Then, as if to remove any doubt as to who He claimed to be, the Lord Jesus told the high priest that he would yet see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming back to earth with the clouds of heaven. By this He meant that the high priest would yet see Him openly manifested as God (His First Advent, the glory of His deity was veiled in a human body). But when He comes again in power and great glory, the veil will be removed and everyone will know exactly who He is.

Luke 4:14-20 (NLT)

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

14 Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. 15 He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” 20 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently.

On one visit to the synagogue, He rose to read from the OT Scriptures. The attendant handed Him the scroll on which Isaiah’s prophecy was written. The Lord unrolled the scroll to what we now know as Isaiah 61, and read verse 1 and the first half of verse 2. This passage has always been acknowledged as a description of the ministry of the Messiah. When Jesus said, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing,” He was saying in the clearest possible manner that He was the Messiah of Israel.

Notice the revolutionary implications of the Messiah’s mission. He came to deal with the enormous problems that have afflicted mankind throughout history:

Poverty. To preach the gospel to the poor.

Sorrow. To heal the broken-hearted.

Bondage. To proclaim liberty to the captives.

Suffering. And recovery of sight to the blind.

Oppression. To set at liberty those who are oppressed.

In short, He came to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord—the dawning of a new era for this world’s sighing, sobbing multitudes. He presented Himself as the answer to all the ills that torment us. And it is true, whether you think of these ills in a physical sense or in a spiritual sense. Christ is the answer.

Jesus proclaimed the acceptable year of the Lord, an allusion to Jubilee. This was every fiftieth year, in which all debt was forgiven, slaves were given their freedom, and ancestral lands were given back to its original family. The Year of Jubilee allowed for a new start (see Lev. 25:10). Jesus offers a total cancellation of spiritual debt and a new beginning to those who respond to His message.

It is significant that he stopped reading with the words “… to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” He did not add the rest of the words from Isaiah “… and the day of vengeance of our God.” The purpose of His First Coming was to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. This present age of grace is the accepted time and the day of salvation. When He returns to earth the second time, it will be to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God. Note: that the acceptable time is spoken of as a year, the vengeance time as a day.

Luke 5:21-26 (NLT)

21 But the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to themselves, “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!” 22 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? 23 Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? 24 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” 25 And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!”

The Pharisees considered blasphemy to be the most serious sin anyone could commit.

“The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” v24. The title, the Son of Man, emphasizes the Lord’s perfect humanity. It’s an Aramaic idiom that refers to a human being, meaning “someone” or “I.” In the Book of Daniel, the phrase Son of Man describes a figure who shares authority with the Ancient of Days. In one sense, we are all sons of man, but this title “the Son of Man” sets Jesus off from every other man who ever lived. It describes Him as a Man according to God, One who is morally perfect, One who would suffer, bleed, and die, and One to whom universal headship has been given.

Association with the clouds gives a supernatural aura to the figure, for only God rides the clouds (see Ex. 14:20; 34:5; Num. 10:34; Ps. 104:3). In using the title here, Jesus claimed the authority to forgive sin, an authority that was limited to God.