Jesus Fulfilled Isaiah 61 [Luke 4]
14And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.
15And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.
16And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.
17And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,
18"THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,
BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.
HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES,
AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,
TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,
19TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD."
20And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
21And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."
22And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, "Is this not Joseph's son?"
Jesus had a clear mission and all that we know about Him shows that He did what He came to do. He preached the gospel to the poor, proclaimed the release to the captives, healed the blind, set free the oppressed and proclaimed the good news of forgiveness. And His one life here on earth opened up a new world populated with people from many nations with the clear mission to carry on the work of Jesus.
We praise You, God, that you fulfilled Your mission through Your precious Son. Cause us to surrender ourselves to the continuing work of Jesus on this earth. We can't, but You can by Your grace.
Beth Warlick, 12/9/2009
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