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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!
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!