Isaiah 61 & 62
In Chapter 61:1-2 Isaiah was telling the people that God has sent him to preach good news too the poor, bind up the broken hearted, proclaim freedom for the captives and release the prisoners from, darkness, to comfort those who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion. He does all of this while proclaiming the year of the Lords favor.
Did you know that Jesus applied these verses of Isaiah 61 1-2 to himself in the synagogue at Nazareth in Luke 4:16-21 and Matthew 11:5
What is the year of the Lords favor? My foot notes tell me that it corresponds to the day of salvation in Isaiah 49:8 And the "Year of my redemption" in Isaiah 63:4. In other words The lords second coming.
When I read what Isaiah was called to do and that Jesus also applied the words to himself I know that these words are for all of us. After all when Jesus issued the Great commission in Matthew 28:16-20 he was telling us to go and make disciples of all nations. Part of that is showing comfort to those who mourn and can see no hope, bind up the brokenhearted (those broken in their sin) and Release those imprisoned by their sin. How do we do this? By sharing Gods word, his promises and the Great news of Jesus's sacrifice for our sins. We need to be sharing the hope we have found in Christ Jesus with those who do not yet know. Or who have heard but do not yet understand. We can share this with them by are actions, words and deeds. Handing out tracts, sending out missionaries to far off lands and into our back yards. God did not call us to keep this great news to our selves but to proclaim it with joy in our hearts so that all will know the glory of the Lord!
The Year of the Lords Favor is coming the time to share is now!
Sing Praises to your King!