Monday, August 31, 2015
Isaiah 61 is about Jesus, not about us.
Isaiah 61 is about Jesus, not about us. These are the words that Jesus quoted when he began his ministry. "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; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor..." This is about Jesus' ministry and his incarnation as savior of mankind. We find favor in Jesus, who died for the forgiveness of our sins. That whole last clause reads, "to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God;" Those who do not repent and put their trust in Jesus will be judged by their sins. This verse does not proclaim that God wants to bestow favor on people temporally. Not that we are to "live life on purpose" and that the "greater our purpose" the "greater our reward." Those cannot be gathered from the text.
Posted by Rev. Fredric Barrett at 6:52 AM