Today's Reading: Isaiah 29:17-24
In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness. (Isaiah 29:18)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. When Jesus heals the deaf and the blind, it's not just a miracle that benefits the person who is healed. To see the eyes of the blind opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped is to recognize this Jesus as the Lord of the Old Testament and the One who was promised to come and do these things. That Jesus does these things is proof that He is the promised Savior because they are the things the prophets prophesied the Savior would do.
Jesus is the fulfillment of a promise made to the first two people in paradise after they fell into sin. Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets spoke of His coming and told of the things He would do. When Jesus comes, He does those things and thus proves that He is the Savior. The fact that He did things that were spoken of a thousand years before and more shows that He really has the credentials to claim that He is Israel's Messiah and the world's Savior.
The most important thing He did, however, in fulfillment of the prophets, was to die for the sins of the world and to rise again. Jesus' death and resurrection, easily demonstrated to any reasonable historical standard, serve to call attention to Jesus as the real deal.
But all these prophecies fulfilled aren't to call attention to Jesus for His own sake. They are reminders that God keeps His promises. Sometimes they seem a long time in coming. It was a long time from Adam and Eve to Jesus. But the Lord didn't forget. He kept His promise and that means something. Jesus made the promise that He would raise us from the dead on the Last Day. How can we be sure? Well, God keeps His promises. How do we know? The promises He made in the Old Testament came true when Jesus came. Therefore, whatever Jesus says, we can be certain it will come true, too.
But also what He says now about you is true: By Baptism and Absolution and His Supper your sins are forgiven. You are a child of God. And, you will rise from the dead on the Last Day. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Praise the One who breaks the darkness With a liberating light; Praise the One who frees the pris'ners, Turning blindness into sight. Praise the One who preached the Gospel, Healing ev'ry dread disease, Calming storms and feeding thousands With the very Bread of peace. (Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness, LSB 849:1)