We have discussed repeatedly the idea that Isaiah was not only a prophet, but a true evangelist. Of the many beautiful prophecies, Isaiah penned; none are more promising than Isaiah 61. In a verse, Isaiah lays out the mission of the Lord and the mission of His chosen ones. Just read and let this passage pour over you like a warm shower. Let it reach into your spirit and remind you of the love of our Heavenly Father.
From the beginning God wanted His kids to enjoy a full and meaningful life. He wanted to restore all that had been lost. He addresses all the pains of poverty, sickness, sadness, capture, imprisonment and blindness. He understood that every need is unique, and that God cares for each of our needs personally and completely. Isaiah speaks of restoration and vindication for God’s own. He heals and restores them so that they can bring the same ministry to the world.
Christ has come. He calls each to a personal relationship with God. If we will follow, we will live eternally with Him in Heaven and will see Him prepare, protect, and provide for us while we are traveling through. We must trust the Lord and know He always keeps His promises. We can never forget that He will be there for us now and forever. Thanks Isaiah for sharing God’s beautiful promise. Help me, Lord to trust You to carry it through.
God Bless You
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim 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,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
6 And you will be called priests of the Lord,
you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.
7 Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours.
8 “For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”
10 I delight greatly in the Lord;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness
and praise spring up before all nations.