The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn… —Isaiah 61:1-2

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19

But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. —Psalm 66:8

            Jesus came to this earth for many reasons.  Some are stated in the passages above.  He came to—

  • Bring good news to the poor
  • Bind up the brokenhearted
  • Proclaim liberty to the captives
  • Open the prison to those bound
  • Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

These are some reasons Jesus came this time.  The good news is that Jesus “died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” and that He was seen by many after His resurrection from the dead, proving Himself to be the Son of God (I Corinthians 15:1-11; Romans 1:4).  By His grace there is healing for the brokenhearted, freedom for those bound captives and the poor can rejoice— all those who call on our Lord (Romans 10:13) to receive the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23).

Our Father and Lord will mold all those who call on Him into His desired masterpieces.  He will take us, unmolded, and fashion us by the work of His hands into what He desires us to be.  How grateful we are that Jesus came so we could call on His Name and be saved from the penalty and punishment for our sin to a relationship with Him.  And… He desires to mold us and work through us to accomplish His desires.  Rejoice!

The Isaiah passage adds, and this is still future— “the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn.”  There is a coming day of judgment.  It will be a terrifying day for all who do not desire to call on Jesus to be saved from sin to a relationship with Him.  They will pay the penalty for their own sin since they did not want to accept the payment Jesus already paid— and it is an eternal payment— in hell forever.  I cannot fathom that and I am glad I don’t have to because Jesus saved me from that!  Instead, I am looking to the future when “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4) And, Dear Father, I am so grateful for the gift of eternal life You have given me through Jesus.  Oh, that I would proclaim this to others by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus so they too an know Him!  Yes, may this be so!

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