He came to Nazareth where he had been raised. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place. When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written, God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the burdened and battered free, to announce, “This is God’s time to shine!” He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the assistant, and sat down. Every eye in the place was on him, intent. Then he started in, “You’ve just heard Scripture make history. It came true just now in this place.”
God has given us His Spirit also
1 John 4:14 – By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.
1 Corinthians 2:9-14 – But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him. Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me (and on us) For what purpose?
To give wisdom, to give understanding, to give leading, to give discernment, to give comfort, to give help..
NOT JUST FOR EMOTION – NOT FOR ME TO USE LIKE A TOY – NOT FOR ME TO JUST FEEL GOOD – BUT…BECAUSE…HE HAS ANOINTED ME TO…PREACH – HEAL – PROCLAIM LIBERTY & RECOVERY – SET AT LIBERTY
- The anointing breaks the yoke.
- The anointing penetrates to the heart.
- The anointing divides the sin from the sinner.
- The anointing gets the job done.
- The anointing draws sinners to repentance.
- The anointing draws Christians closer to God.
- The anointing starts in motion a purifying process.
- The anointing calls us to holy living.
Who is the poor in this passage?
- It is the sinner, in his beggarly ways, who is the poor, helpless, blind, wretched, and miserable.
- The brokenhearted are those who are lonely and afraid, wounded by the spirit of the world. The Christian is not broken hearted for we have been given a new heart at salvation.
- The captive are those who are bound and in chains of bondage. We are free in Christ. He has paid the price and we are free.
- The blind are those whose eyes have not been opened to the Word of the Lord. It is the blind who do not see Christ.
- The ones who are not at liberty are those who are bound by the things of the world. Christ can and will set free those who want to be set free.