• William T. Howe Ph.D.

August 10, 2021

Daily Reading: Isaiah 59-63

Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

Once again, Isaiah is a prophecy of Christ. Within its pages there are ample references to Israel, Judah, Jerusalem, and the nations of the day. But there are also ample prophecies about Christ; none of which are more evident than today’s verse.

In Luke chapter 4 it is recorded that Jesus came to Nazareth, entered the synagogue on a Sabbath day, picked up the scroll of Isaiah (Esaias in the Greek) and read from the exact passage that we consider today. Upon finishing this reading, the Lord closed the book, sat down, and said: This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. He said it, He confirmed it, He pronounced it, and He (at least in my mind) settled it once and for all. Isaiah prophesied of Him.

But notice, upon a more careful reading one will notice a small detail. In Luke 4:19 when Jesus read from the scroll of Isaiah, He stopped after saying, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. This is the first phrase of Isaiah 61:2, the verse just after the one recorded above. But He stopped there, for the rest of verse 2 records: and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; Meaning the number of years from the comma between the words Lord and the word and have been, up to present, over two thousand in number. It indicates the church age, the time between Christ and the return of Christ in vengeance.

You see, the ministry of Christ today is not one of vengeance, it is one of good tidings which is the Gospel, the Good News. For in Luke 4 the Lord substitutes the word Gospel for good tidings as Isaiah wrote. There are other variances of significance, but space prohibits the discussion of them all.

But know this, Jesus Christ in Luke 4 is the one Isaiah spoke of in Isaiah 61. Christ today is bringing good news to the poor, healing the brokenhearted, delivering the captives, giving sight to the blind (spiritually), granting liberty to all who are bruised, and telling forth of the acceptable year of the Lord. In His next advent (ministry on earth) vengeance falls, followed by eternal comfort of His people of all ages.

Yes, once again, Isaiah is a book that contains many prophecies about Christ. Prophecies that can be seen today by those who look for them.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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