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The Ultimate Inauguration  

 

As I write this article in January, 2021, America has inaugurated another president.  With the latest inauguration fresh in our minds, I'd like to remind us of a historic inauguration that supersedes every last presidential inauguration.  Of course, prior to any presidential inauguration, the citizens must choose their president.  Unlike this citizens' choice, the ultimate inaugurated one was chosen by God.  1 Peter 1:20 tells us that Jesus was chosen by God to lead His Messianic administration prior to the creation of the world. 

 

"He [Jesus] was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake."

 

The word "revealed" in Peter's statement is in reference to the inauguration of Jesus, as seen in John 1:29 through 32.

 

"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! ... Then John gave this testimony: 'I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.'"

 

The moment the Spirit of God descended upon Jesus was the moment Jesus was publically inaugurated into His Messianic ministry.  A few days later Jesus appeared in His hometown of Nazareth to give His inaugural address.  There, on one Sabbath, He rose from his seat, walked to the front of the synagogue, sat down, opened a scroll to Isaiah 61, and began to read.  It was His inaugural address that set forth His Messianic agenda.  Luke 4:18 through 21 records the event.   

 

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lordís favor. 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. He began by saying to them, 'Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.'"

       

We should note that Jesus did not finish reading the Isaiah 61 Messianic proclamation.  He stopped in mid sentence.  The next phrase reads:

 

" ... and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn ..."

 

Jesus did not finish reading the Isaiah passage because it was not applicable to His Messianic agenda.  Jesus did not come to administer God's vengeance.  The day of God's wrath will initiate His second administration when He overthrows the nations and becomes Lord of the earth.  Until then, Jesus' Messianic mission, which Christians are to help facilitate, is to offer God's grace to everyone.  The overthrow of the nations is reserved for the last day of this age.               

 

When the Spirit of God descended upon Jesus, He was publically inaugurated as the Christ.  When Jesus returns to earth He will be inaugurated as Lord of the nations.  The apostle Peter was correct when he proclaimed that Jesus is both Christ and Lord (Acts 2: 36).  

 

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