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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 anointing!

Scripture reading for October 2oth: 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 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 the Baptist was baptizing.  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 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)   How these words 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.  Each time Satan tempted Him,  He  successfully resisted because of the Spirit and God’s Word.

When he arrived in Nazareth at His home synagogue, He was invited to read from the scroll of Isaiah. The Spirit had anointed Him to preach the Good News and proclaim freedom to all who would hear.  He was anointed to heal and deliver the blind and oppressed.  He was to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.  As they listened, Jesus was the fulfillment! (Luke 4:2)   Through faith in Jesus Christ, the anointing and infilling of the Holy Spirit is available to us today!

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Doctor Jesus!

Scripture reading for October 22nd: Luke 3-6

Jesus was a man with a reputation for hanging around people that were not considered the ‘cream of the crop’ by those in religious authority.  He called people to follow Him who were even despised by his own countrymen.  Luke recorded Jesus’ call of Levi, (Matthew)  a tax collector.  (Luke 5:27-31)  Levi immediately left his tax collection booth, and followed Jesus.  He threw a party for all of his friends and invited Jesus.  These friend included other tax collectors.  The Jewish religious folks had a fit that Jesus would eat with such people!

“Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”‘ (Luke 5:31)   Jesus did not view these people as outcasts.  To him, they were people who needed healing.  They had a “sin” sickness and he had come to seek them out and call them to repentance.  He was suggesting to them that He was a “doctor” of the soul who could cure this “sin” sickness!  It was a great example of Jesus’ ability to turn hostility around and use it for His purposes.

Jesus had just taken many opportunities to heal people who were truly sick and to cast out demons from some who were bound by them.  Jesus cast out spirits with His word and spoke to sicknesses and they were healed!  One amazing example was when some men brought a paralyzed man to Jesus, letting him down by ropes through the tiles on the roof.  (Luke 5:17-26)  The power of the Lord was present to heal the sick. (Luke 5:17)  Jesus saw the men’s faith and spoke, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 5:20)  This statement angered the Pharisees because it implied that Jesus was God.  He said it to provide evidence that He was indeed God!

Jesus knew their concerns and addressed them.  He then told the man to take up his bed and walk, demonstrating that He had the authority to forgive sins and heal the sick!  The man immediately got up, took up his bed and went on his way praising God. Whatever our needs, we can be assured that Doctor Jesus can heal our bodies or forgive our sins!  His power is present to heal!

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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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