“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach 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, to proclaim…”
Isaiah 61:1 (NIV)
Here we see Jesus’ purpose in life. He was appointed by God to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. To proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God…the time has come—God is fulfilling His promises!
God did not leave Jesus powerless, however; those He calls, he anoints and equips (Matthew 3:16, Acts 1:8). Not only was God pleased to have the sum total of all Himself dwell in Jesus in bodily form; His Spirit rested on Jesus, giving him power to heal, to free those bound by sin, to dispel darkness. If Jesus is our forerunner, the first in all things, we can expect then the same from God for ourselves—His infilling, His anointing, His power resting on us as we proclaim the good news of the Kingdom.
Believe me, Jesus says, when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son
So, go. Tell others the good news about Jesus today. Proclaim the good news of freedom to those still held captive by sin and who sit in darkness not knowing. Be a light and a voice. Show the way back to right standing with God! Go with the knowledge that the same power that was at work in Jesus is also at work in you.
Father, who would you have me tell the good news about Jesus today? What divine appointments do you have on my calendar? Help me to remember to be interruptible and obedient when that calendar reminder pops up, so that not one appointment gets missed.