Happy Mothers day again!
Lets continue on in Isaiah 61 the second half of verse 1:
“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,”.
As I was saying the other day we as Christians have tremendous resource to positively effect the lives of the people around us when we share the Gospel. The Good news of Christ is powerful, freeing, and life giving, as a person who knows this, it is selfish not to want to share it. Please share what you know, you may be the one that changes a broken and hopeless life eternally. What an honor to be able to introduce someone to the God who created the universe “Jesus”. Amazing!!! don’t you think?
There are a lot of broken hearted people out there. Most of us have been there at one time or another. Some people are so down that it’s all they know, no hope for anything to ever change. God alone has the power to truly heal broken hearts. We can not heal a person, but with the power of God’s word and a compassionate heart, we can bind there wound and help them to the one who can.
If you are in the woods hiking and you come across someone who has fallen and broken a leg. Do you have the knowledge and ability to heal that leg? I’m going to say no. You do though have the ability to find some sticks, some rope or clothing and then bind the leg in a stable position. This will protect it and prevent further damage so you can help the person down the hill to someone who can really help them. It seems so obvious to help this person and yet daily we don’t notice the multitude of terminally broken hearts all around us. God has given us the power in his word to bind the wounds of the broken hearted, don’t waste this gift.
Proclaim freedom to the captives! Many people have fallen into captivity to the snares of the devil, in other words “sin”. Christian and non christians, Satan is an equal opportunity deceiver. Alcohol, drugs, pornography, greed, adultery (the list goes on and on and on) hold so many people captive without the ability on their own to be set free. Sins first taste is usually pretty sweet and by the time you taste the bitterness your captive to it.
Like Pinocchio and the lost boys on pleasure island, everything was great in the beginning but before they figured it out, sin had made an ASS I mean donkey of them. They were captives. The Gospel of Christ has the power to set people free, YOU have the power to share it with them! Once again my favorite word AWESOME!!! isn’t it?
A release from darkness for the prisoner. A prisoner is a little different than a captive, usually a captive is not were they are out of judgement or punishment. There are so many people that are in such a dark place, because of who they think they are or what they have done, they think they deserve the prison they are in. There is no hope and no expectation of freedom from whatever it is that has them bound.
In Isaiah’s day and even in the time of Jesus if you ended up in prison you usually didn’t expect to get out accept by death. Prison was a dark, damp, diseased and filthy existence and I’m sure after years of this, your concept or hope for freedom would completely disappear. We have neighbors, relatives, coworkers and so many others that we come in contact with that have been prisoners of darkness for so long they no longer expect to see the light of freedom. We can shine the light of the Gospel into their lives and the power of God can tear down the prison walls.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is powerful beyond anything I can explain to change peoples live eternally. For some reason God has given us the privilege to share it with the humanity he so dearly loves. Don’t miss the opportunity when it comes.
Well I guess there will be part three. I love this stuff! I hope your getting something from this to.
GOD is GOOD!!!