Reflecting on God’s Word …

The Lord’s favour …

Isaiah 61:1-7 NLT

[1] The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.

[2] He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.

[3] To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.

[4] They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations.

[5] Foreigners will be your servants. They will feed your flocks and plow your fields and tend your vineyards.

[6] You will be called priests of the LORD, ministers of our God. You will feed on the treasures of the nations and boast in their riches.

[7] Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.

Reflection

Over the next several posts we’ll be looking at characteristics of God in the person of Jesus Christ. Yesterday’s post quoted Oswald Chambers who said that if we want to know God better we need to study Jesus Christ. We can see characteristics and truth about Jesus throughout all of Scripture.

These words of Isaiah are quoted by Jesus in Luke 4:18 and then he adds,

“The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

Luke 4:18 NLT

By adding those words Jesus was saying about himself that He is the anointed and sent One whom God has set His Spirit upon to bring the world …

  • Good News
  • Comfort
  • Freedom

What do these verses tell us about Jesus?

They tell us that Jesus is the Chosen One of God who has the authority and power of God to make things right, and will make them right in God’s perfect timing. It’s a hope that we need as human beings in order to make any sense of this world and face whatever may come along the way!

What do these verses say to us?

Since we as believers have Christ living in us by His Spirit, we too are involved in taking the Good News to others, giving comfort to the broken hearted, and proclaiming freedom to those in bondage.