Jesus' words create what they say. They create reality and enact it. His word is a creative word, as in Genesis, so that when he speaks things happen. Jesus' preaching declares and enacts the new creation that comes through the presence of his flesh - the flesh of the Creator - coming to his creation to make all things new. Jesus announces this by means of the Old Testament where he now interprets texts christologically and sees those texts becoming reality by means of his voice that brings this new reality into existence. What shocked the people of Nazareth, and people in synagogues throughout Galilee, is that this preaching was unlike anything they had ever heard before. His preaching was authoritative and declared that from now on everything would be different... In the very preaching of Jesus' emissaries, the kingdom of God has already become a present reality and the kingdom of Satan is firmly defeated. In their proclamation, the presence of Christ to redeem a lost and dying world ensures that Christ's kingdom will triumph because "the one who hears you hears me" ([Luke] 10:16). Hearing the Word through Jesus' disciples is the same as hearing the Word from Jesus himself. The one who does not hear rejects the Word. This entails a rejection of the person of the messenger, a rejection of his bodily presence. Jesus will be rejected in his body in crucifixion just as the people of Nazareth dragged his body to the precipice of the hill in order to kill him...
—Arthur A. Just, Jr., symposium paper, The Voice of Jesus: "He Interpreted to Them in all the Scriptures the Things Concerning Himself"
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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