“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.”
I grew up in a small town where everybody knows everybody and everybody knows (or think they know) everybody’s business. This was certainly the case of Jesus growing up in the small village of Nazareth. More than likely the synagogue was just down the street from the carpentry shop and home where Jesus worked and lived. Most certainly everybody knew everybody in Nazareth.
It was Jesus’ habit to worship each week and on this particular Sabbath He had the Scripture reading. The scroll of Isaiah was handed to Him. Jesus found Chapter 61 and read verses one and two. Then He rolled up the scroll and told the worshipers that Isaiah was writing about Him. Tomorrow we will consider the reaction of the people. Today let’s consider the significance of the passage.
The Messiah would come empowered by the Spirit of the Lord. Along with His physical miracles, He would proclaim good news to the spiritually impoverished, set the prisoner free from sin and open the eyes of the spiritually blind. He would release those held down and held back by sin. Because of “the year of the Lord’s favor” we live with overflowing spiritual blessings. We are spiritually rich. We have been set free. Our blind eyes have been opened. We have been released from sin’s oppression. Jesus has come and changed everything.
Father, thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, who has come to change my life now and for eternity. Help me to live in thanksgiving and praise. In His name. Amen.