Before any of us expected, we are back into the swing of a General Election campaign. Last night as I listened to the news of manifesto claims and counter claims, I was drawn back to what must be the greatest manifesto of all time.
In Luke Chapter 4, the Gospel writer sets the scene. He describes how Jesus returns to the inauspicious surroundings of the synagogue in his childhood home of Nazareth. Now, as a notable visitor, he is given the honour or reading the portions of scripture which was prescribed for that Sabbath. Luke continues by saying:
The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him (Jesus). He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: “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, and that the time of the Lord’s favour has come.” (Vs 17-19).
As every eye looked at him intently, Jesus rolled up the scroll and declared “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!” (Vs 21)
In an age where we have become increasingly suspicious of the facts, figures and future promises of our politicians, let us give thanks to God that Jesus continues to fulfil the prophet’s words with an eternal mandate.
Yours and His, Gareth