The Temple Transfigured
Exile Ended and Eden Extended
In the sixty-first chapter of Isaiah, the Prophet foretells in dramatic fashion Israel’s return from exile. Not surprisingly, Christ—the Anointed Messiah—takes these words upon His own lips and declares that the day of restoration and redemption has come (Lk. 4:17-21). With a twist of irony, Luke says that after speaking these words Jesus "closed the book" and opened their understanding, "This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears."