“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” — Isaiah 61:1–3 (NIV)
These verses compose one of the 92 Messianic prophecies in the Scripture. This one is significant because Jesus Himself said that He was fulfilling it when He read these words in the Synagogue one Sabbath day. He said, “These words are fulfilled in your hearing.” Pretty bold and pretty significant that Jesus declared to be fulfilling this prophecy. Let’s look at its content. What does it reveal to us about the Messiah? It says that the Messiah would be filled with the Holy Spirit, that He would preach Good News to the poor, that He would bind up the brokenhearted, that he would set captive people free, that He would release prisoners from their darkness, and that He would comfort those who grieve. For this they wanted to stone him!?
Who would want to kill someone who only wants to do good? Who would want to prevent the freeing of captives and the release of spiritual prisoners? Only Satan! He is the only one who wants the world to remain just like it is, a world where people feel scared, trapped, and confused. The good news is Jesus was victorious in His mission. Through His death and resurrection He completed all the statements above — every single one of them! Now we, as the Body of Christ, must continue to spread the Good News. We, too, have been anointed with the Holy Spirit and are called to witness and to testify to what this victory means in our lives. Many people living among us are still living in bondage. We have been called to share the message of freedom and release.
Ponder today ways in which this calling on Jesus is also your calling.