| Quote #4
[…] 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 bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." […] Then he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." (NRSV 4:17-19, 21)
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. […]Then he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." (KJV 4:17-19, 21)
Announcing that you're the person that a prophet was yammering on about? That takes some guts.
| Quote #5
This is the one about whom it is written, 'See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.' (NRSV 7:27)
This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. (KJV 7:27)
Isaiah wasn't the only part of the Jewish scriptures to foresee John's role in these events. Now we have more testimony from Exodus 23:20 and Malachi 3:1. Anyone else want to pipe in?
| Quote #6
The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. (NRSV 9:22)
The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. (KJV 9:22)
Jesus turns prophet on us, and boy is it dark. Why "must" this happen? What's the basis for this necessity?