16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. Luke 4:16-21
What a passage for Jesus to read as He began His public ministry! Reading from Isaiah 61:1-11, His gracious words were so different from what the people heard from the religious rulers of their day. Most people I know, with very few exceptions, have a past they would rather not re-live. Haunting memories cloud our minds. We feel broken, imprisoned by our previous experiences. It doesn’t matter if these wounds were self -inflicted by our own sin or by someone else’s. The result is still the same. Noone is excluded from the blessings of knowing Christ as Savior.
Jesus, in His sweet, compassionate voice calls to each one of us, offering us:
Wholeness for brokenness (Isaiah 53:4-5)
Liberty for bondage (Romans 8:1-2; John 8:31-36)
Light for darkness (John 1:4-5; John 8:12)
Joy for mourning (Psalm 30:11-12; 1 Peter 1:3-9)
A spirit of praise for despair (Ps. 40:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Belonging for rejection (1 John 3:1; Galatians 4:6-7)
Righteousness for injustice (Isa. 26:1-8; Isa. 30:18-19)
In Him the disgraced find newness of life. The abandoned are taken under the shelter of His wings. Hope is restored. What a Savior!
Blessings! ~Kelly (more…)