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Isaiah 61:1-3
<ul><li>Jesus has done much & performed many miracles. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But, what can he do for ME? </li></ul></ul><u...
 
<ul><li>Like many texts in Isaiah, this passage has a dual meaning. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On the one hand, it refers to Is...
<ul><li>v 1 </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has s...
<ul><li>The Israelites who would go into captivity would have every reason to despair. </li></ul><ul><li>Yet, Isaiah has a...
<ul><li>Jesus likewise gives hope. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He gave hope to the woman caught in adultery (Jn 8:2-11). </li></...
 
<ul><li>v 1 </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has s...
<ul><li>Isaiah would preach liberty to the captives & freedom to prisoners. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Isaiah, in prophecy, pro...
<ul><li>Jesus frees us from captivity. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We can be set free from sin (Rom 6:18). </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
<ul><li>v 2 </li></ul>
<ul><li>God had appointed Isaiah & then Jesus “to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our G...
<ul><li>Isaiah was told to announce the acceptable year of the Lord. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This, too, refers to the Year o...
<ul><li>Jesus also brings God’s favor. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to h...
<ul><li>Isaiah also announces the day of vengeance. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Although Babylon had served God’s purpose during...
<ul><li>vv 2b-3 </li></ul>
<ul><li>God appointed Isaiah & Jesus “to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beauti...
<ul><li>Isaiah preached a message of comfort.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Those who dwelt in Zion would have reason to rejoice ...
<ul><li>Jesus can give us rejoicing as well. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We can rejoice because of what God has done for us (Is ...
 
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  1. 1. Isaiah 61:1-3
  2. 2. <ul><li>Jesus has done much & performed many miracles. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But, what can he do for ME? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tonight, we wish to answer that question! </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Like many texts in Isaiah, this passage has a dual meaning. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On the one hand, it refers to Isaiah & his ministry. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On the other hand, this text refers to Jesus’ ministry. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus applied this text to himself (Lk 4:17-21). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>We wish to explore this text to see what Jesus can do for us. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>v 1 </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>“ The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (v 1, ESV). </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>The Israelites who would go into captivity would have every reason to despair. </li></ul><ul><li>Yet, Isaiah has an important message for them. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God has sent him to preach good tidings to the poor. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God has sent him to heal broken hearts. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Jesus likewise gives hope. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He gave hope to the woman caught in adultery (Jn 8:2-11). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The scribes & Pharisees only wanted to test Jesus; they didn’t care what was right. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus showed this woman forgiveness – he gave her hope. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He gave hope to the publicly sinful woman (Lk 7:37-50). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This woman was known in town as a sinful woman. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Pharisees grumbled because Jesus allowed a “sinner” to touch him. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yet, he forgave the woman of her sin – her gave her hope. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>v 1 </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>“ The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (v 1, ESV). </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>Isaiah would preach liberty to the captives & freedom to prisoners. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Isaiah, in prophecy, promised the captives that they would return home. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They would have captivity for 70 years, but they would then be free. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This freedom refers to the Year of Jubilee. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>During this year, all debts & obligations were released and all slaves were released (Lev 25:39-41). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This idea is a new start for the captives. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>Jesus frees us from captivity. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We can be set free from sin (Rom 6:18). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sin does enslave. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin” (Prov 5:22, ESV). </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ They [false teachers] promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved” (2 Pet 2:19, ESV). </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sin can enslave to the point where we are trapped. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yet, Jesus gives us true freedom (Jn 8:31-32). </li></ul></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>v 2 </li></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>God had appointed Isaiah & then Jesus “to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn” (v 2, ESV). </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>Isaiah was told to announce the acceptable year of the Lord. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This, too, refers to the Year of Jubilee. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The fiftieth year was to be proclaimed as a year of liberty (Lev 25;10). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These Jews had every reason to worry about God’s favor. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Their being taken from their homeland would show God’s displeasure. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Judah had committed grave sins when God sent them into captivity & the Lord was turning his back on them. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>Jesus also brings God’s favor. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18-19, ESV). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus died that he “might reconcile us both [Jew & Gentile] to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility” (Eph 2:16, ESV). </li></ul></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>Isaiah also announces the day of vengeance. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Although Babylon had served God’s purpose during the Exile, God would punish them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God’s people could take comfort in knowing that God promised vengeance upon their captors. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>God will, likewise, punish our enemies. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you” (2 Thess 1:6, ESV). </li></ul></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>vv 2b-3 </li></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>God appointed Isaiah & Jesus “to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified” (vv 2-3, ESV). </li></ul>
  19. 21. <ul><li>Isaiah preached a message of comfort. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Those who dwelt in Zion would have reason to rejoice – the city would be rebuilt! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Isaiah would give them beauty for ashes & oil for mourning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When in sorrow, individuals would put ashes on their head. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Beauty” here refers to the turban one would wear to a party. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Instead of sorrow, God would give them reason to rejoice. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Oil symbolizes joy. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individuals would anoint themselves with oil to show their joy. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>These people would have every reason to rejoice. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 22. <ul><li>Jesus can give us rejoicing as well. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We can rejoice because of what God has done for us (Is 61:10). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We can have joy because we are in Christ. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>There was joy in Samaria when Philip preached there (Acts 8:8). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We rejoice with inexpressible joy because of our salvation (1 Pet 1:8-9). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With Jesus we have reason to rejoice. </li></ul></ul>
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