The passage for today is Isaiah 61:1-11. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read Isaiah 61:1-11 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
Whenever I read prophecy, rather than speculating and conjecturing on the meaning, I like to play “what do I know”. I know from Luke chapter 4 that Jesus read Isaiah 61:1 and part of verse 2 and said, “today this Scripture has been fulfilled”. I know that at least verse 1 and part of verse 2 is fulfilled prophecy since that is what he said. I know the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord was upon Jesus to proclaim: proclaim good news to the poor; proclaim freedom for the captives; proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. I know that a true believer in Christ has this same Spirit. I know the Spirit was given that the good news of the Gospel might continue to be proclaimed, so that the next generation of people who believe might be free from sin’s captivity and enjoy the Lord’s favor.
I’m glad this prophecy was fulfilled so that the good news of the Gospel could be proclaimed to me! This Gospel has freed me from being a captive of sin and its destructiveness, and now to enjoy God’s favor as a son. As a believer, this Sprit presently resides in me with this same message to proclaim. What else do I know? Verse 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.”
“Sovereign Lord, I delight and rejoice in you for the gift of the Holy Spirit to all who believe in Your Son! Thank you for the life giving message your Spirit wishes to proclaim. May your Spirit be Sovereign over me to proclaim His message.” Amen.
This post was written by Kelly Gebert.