A little side step from John, I’ll get back to that after this post, but I wanted to share a teaching I did several years ago that I really like and hope you do too.
The verse in Luke references the verse in Isaiah. Here is Jesus shortly after being tempted in the desert (not tempted by the dessert) he has just returned to Nazereth where he grew up. He walks into the synagogue, takes the scroll of Isaiah and reads Isaiah 61:1-3 rolls it up and then sits down. Everyone looks at him like “yeah! and?” kinda of confused like they were expecting a little more. They had heard of Jesus, they had heard of his teachings, by now they had heard the claims that he was the Messiah, they expected more. Then Jesus states “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing”. Basically he is saying this is another prophecy of who I am, I am the Good News Isaiah is proclaiming. If you read on you see it doesn’t take long for the Nazerites to start questioning Jesus’ credientials until he has to rebuke them and move on, but that’s for another time.
Luke 4: 16He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18″The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Now I believe that Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of the verse in Isaiah, some would disagree, but o-well what’s new. The reason I love this passage is, as people born into Christ, this is also talking about us. Look up Isaiah 61:1-3 and I’m going to walk through this passage and how it applies to every Christian who proclaims the Good News.
“Isaiah 61:1The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. ” If you are a Born again believer in Jesus Christ, the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on you, it’s promised, it’s a fact, beleive it! As beleivers we are anointed (set apart for a Holy use) to preach the Gospel, The Good News of Christ, to the poor. Now today in our warped since of priorities when we here “poor” we instantly think money. Poor is just a word to describe a lack of something you need. It could be money but it could also be health, memory, sight or Good News. If people don’t feel they are missing something or need something, even though you think they are poor, they probably don’t feel poor.
Everyone is poor who doesn’t know Jesus! We are called to share Jesus with the poor and there are a lot of poor people out there. Some don’t know they are poor and will reject it, but some day they may realize their poverty and remember your words, unless of course they never heard them. Others (most people) know they are missing something in their lives and will receive the Good News when they hear it. Maybe not imediatly but if they are truely seeking, then God’s word will not come back void. What an awesome ability God has given us to make poor people excedingly rich beyond their dreams!
The comercial claims “You can become RICH RICH RICH in 3 easy steps”. We can proclaim ” You can have everything you ever possibly could need in one easy Verse JOHN 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
How awesome is that! Go make some poor person, maybe that neighbor that has everything, very very rich. Remember you are anointed all that is stopping you is excuses.
Well this is going to take longer than I thought. So part two and maybe three are coming!
As always GOD is GOOD!!!!