“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified” (Isaiah 61:1-3)
Today’s Morsel: The one prophet that seems to write and give clarity to the coming of Christ and who He was, is Isaiah. Isaiah seems to strike cord after cord of who Jesus was more than any of the other Old Testament Biblical writers. From Jesus’ miraculous birth by a virgin, to being God, Isaiah opens our understanding and causes the gospels to become clearer of who Jesus was more than others. Luke wrote of today’s passage, “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:14-21). The gospel links the old to the new. What is your understanding as to who Jesus was? This promise, quoted by Isaiah, is to you and me even today. Are you hurting? Do you need restoration? Well, this is one of the reasons that Christ came. They say that the proof is in the pudding. Give Him a try, and He will prove Himself true every time.
Sing: Everybody ought to know, everybody ought to know, everybody ought to know, who Jesus is. Everybody ought to know, everybody ought to know, everybody ought to know, who Jesus is. He’s the Lily of the Valley, He’s the bright and morning star, He’s the fairest of ten thousand, everybody ought to know.