The Spirit of the Lord!
Scripture reading for March 20th: Luke 4:1-30
The Holy Spirit that came upon Jesus at His baptism immediately led Him to the desert for a time of testing. Jesus withstood each test over the forty days by quoting Scripture. “Man does not live by bread alone” was Jesus’ word to the Devil. (Deuteronomy 8:3) Jesus returned from the testing in the desert by Satan in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 4:14)
Jesus then went to his home town of Nazareth and went to the synagogue on the Sabbath. He stood up to read and was given the scroll of Isaiah the Prophet. He unrolled it and read: “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19)
The Holy Spirit in a person brings power to witness to God’s love and grace. Just like oil poured over a king brings empowerment, the Spirit empowered Jesus to preach the ‘Good News’ to those lost and bound by sin, sickness and disease. He would open eyes that were blind and enable them to see. Because of the Spirit, prisoners would be set free in glorious liberty. Jesus had come to His own people in His home town to share the fulfillment of this ancient prophecy!
The best news was the ‘acceptable year of the Lord’. This spoke of the year of ‘Jubilee’ that God had proclaimed in the Law for every fiftieth year. On the year of Jubilee, land was to be restored to original owners, slaves were to be set free, and debts were to be forgiven. Each person would receive a new start! It was a little picture of God’s restoration process in action. (Leviticus 25:8-54) Jesus announced that the year of “Jubilee” was at hand in His ministry!
This ‘good news’ is something to get in on for yourself. Jesus is our ‘Jubilee’! In Him we are set free, healed, and delivered from bondage. In Him we have an eternal inheritance that cannot be stolen or lost! The Holy Spirit is the down-payment of the promised complete restoration when He returns! This ‘good news’ is also to be shared with all nations and peoples by those who received it! Come Lord Jesus!