Thursday, December 6, 2018
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has set me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn.” Isaiah 61:1-2
These verses were read by Jesus on a visit to His hometown of Nazareth (Luke 4). It was His custom to visit the synagogue on the Sabbath Day. He was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah on which these verses were written, and after it was read Jesus said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” These words provide hope for all people to believe and receive His gifts of mercy and healing. The words from Isaiah are just as meaningful today, as they were when Jesus shared them in the synagogue. Holy men of old were moved by the Holy Spirit to write, share and teach God’s Word. By Jesus’ example, we have the hope to follow these same words in today’s troubled and turbulent world. We are called to be His servants, wherever He leads. The ebb and flow of life can be hard sometimes. There are so many uncertainties in life; however, we can see that in our passage that there is one thing that doesn’t change: Jesus’ message to redeem the world. We have experience that in our lives and we hope that you have too. What a great hope that we have in Jesus to have eternal life with Him!
Dear Father, thank you for the assurance that our hope is in you. May we share this “Blessed Hope” with every person we meet as we commemorate the birth of your son. In your name we pray, Amen.
Contributed by Gerald & Gayle Glenn