Bible Verse of the Day 1/13/17 “Freedom”

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61:1-3

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “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,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Luke 4:16-21

 

Over the last several days we have spent time in the book of Acts looking at Saul’s (Paul’s) life and how scripturally Jesus took him through the cycle of disrupting, dismantling, healing and restoring.  Maybe some of us as we processed this topic were a little surprised; but we really shouldn’t have been.

Jesus as He returned from the desert from being tempted, He went into the synagogue and proclaimed the key purpose of His ministry. (Luke 4)

Take a moment to read back through the passage in Isaiah above that Jesus chose to quote. In these words He tells us I am here to heal and restore you (bind up brokenhearted, give a crown of beauty instead of ashes), I am here to disrupt (freedom for the captives, Release for the prisoners) the path you are on and dismantle the things that keep you in bondage and give you the truth of God’s love (good news, proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor).

Jesus came and gave those who accepted salvation and reclaimed the path of our direct relationship with the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, which is an amazing gift without measure; but He came to give us so much more. Healing and restoration that comes from disruption and dismantling.

I am not sure where today finds you in these processes but I do know what Jesus is after.

Will we accept the gifts He is offering?

Some of this is can be very hard and painful, but  set your eyes on the promise of what is to come if we make our way through it  holding on to Him.

In the Father’s love

Sam

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