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Our Anointed Savior!

Scripture reading for August 15th:  Isaiah 57-61

Key Scriptures:  Isaiah 61:1-3  “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach 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 to provide for those who grieve in Zion–. . “

Jesus Christ quoted this passage from Isaiah when he began His preaching ministry in His home town.  He was asked to read before those gathered in the synagogue and He chose this passage to announce His ministry.  He was filled with God’s Spirit and anointed to preach good news.  He would bind up those who had broken hearts and proclaim freedom to those in prison in the darkness of sin.  He would proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.  This is where He stopped with the reading!

Thankful for the anointing:  “The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him.  Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written: “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 year of the Lord’s favor.””  (Luke 4:17-19)

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Anointed to preach and overcome!

Scripture reading for October 22nd: Luke 3-6

“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 year of the Lord’s favor.”  “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, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:18-21

Not much  is recorded about the life of Jesus from the time He was twelve until He was baptized by John at the age of thirty.  We know that He worked with Joseph for part of that time in their carpenter shop.  He took part in normal family life and community life in the town of Nazareth.  Can you imagine eating off of a table that Jesus had made?  Or using an ox yoke that He had crafted?

At the proper time, Jesus went down to the Jordan River to where John was baptizing.  When John saw Jesus, he immediately knew that He was the coming Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world!  (John 1:29) As Jesus was baptized, the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in the form of a dove.  A voice from heaven (The Father) declared: “You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22)   This was Jesus’ anointing from the Father for His ministry on earth to redeem men.

The Spirit immediately led Jesus to the wilderness to be tempted during 40 days.  When he arrived back in Nazareth, He went to the synagogue.   He was invited to read from the scroll of Isaiah 61:1-2.  Jesus applied these verses to Himself, declaring His ministry and mission!  (Luke 4 :21)  Jesus completely fulfilled His mission in the anointing of the Spirit!  He obeyed His Father and overcame all Satan’s traps!  We have the same Spirit to enable us each day as the gift of our Father!

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The Spirit is on Me!

Scripture reading for March 20th: Luke 4:1-30

The Holy Spirit that came on Jesus at His baptism by John 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 the scroll of Isaiah the Prophet.  He unrolled it to find the Scripture He wanted to share with them.  “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.  Jesus announced in His home town the focus of His life as He was now empowered by the Spirit.  The Spirit anoints a person, just like oil poured over a king brings empowerment to do the work called of them, the Spirit empowers.  The Spirit would empower 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.

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 proclaimed that in the Holy Spirit’s anointing, He announced the ‘acceptable year of the Lord’.

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!

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The Anointing!

Scripture reading for October 22: Luke 3-6

“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 year of the Lord’s favor.”  “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, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:18-21

Not much  is recorded about the life of Jesus from the time He was twelve until He was baptized by John at the age of thirty.  We know that He worked with Joseph for part of that time in their carpenter shop.  He took part in normal family life and community life in the town of Nazareth.  Can you imagine eating off of a table that Jesus had made?  Or using an ox yoke that He had crafted?  Just think of the Son of God doing such menial labor for ordinary people!  This was all part of His preparation for the ministry of preaching the Good News to the lost of the world!

At the proper time, Jesus went down to the Jordan River to where John the Baptist was baptizing those who would repent.  John had spoken of one who would come after him whose sandals he was not worthy to untie.  When John saw Jesus, he immediately knew that He was this One!  (John 1:29)  Jesus was baptized and the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in the form of a dove.  A voice from heaven declared: “You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22)  This beautiful anointing following the baptism of Jesus is something to savor and meditate on!  God loved His Son and let Him know that very plainly.  He was pleased with His Son and told Him so!  How much these thoughts should speak to each of us who are adopted into God’s household!

Jesus was then led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil.  For forty days, Jesus fasted all food.  Satan came to tempt Him and each time, Jesus quoted Scripture to defeat him.  The anointing led Jesus and empowered Him with the Word of God!  He was successful against the temptations of Satan because of following the anointing.

When he arrived back in Nazareth at His home synagogue, He was invited to read from the scroll of Isaiah61:1-2.  He read the words quoted to begin this devotion.  The Spirit had anointed Him to preach the Good News and proclaim freedom to all who needed it and would hear.  He was anointed to heal and deliver the blind and oppressed.  He was to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.  This Scripture was fulfilled in the hearing of those present that day in Nazareth! (Luke 4:21)

The anointing of the Holy Spirit indwelling Jesus Christ is for us today!  The Holy Spirit will do in our lives the same things and greater things because Jesus has gone to the Father!  (John 14:12-13)  Think on these things!

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