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;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Isaiah knew his mission in life. He knew what God had called him to do and did it in humble obedience to that calling. Isaiah knew where the call came from; it came from the Spirit of the Lord God. He did not speak on his own authority but on the authority that came from God alone. Isaiah knew what the message from God was; the message was one of good tidings. The good tidings were that there was healing for the brokenhearted, there was liberty for the captive and there was opening of the prison to those where were bound up in their sin.
Let’s take a look at Peter’s writings to us:
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
God has called us out of the darkness of sin into His kingdom of marvelous light and has done so to make us His chosen people, His royal priesthood, His holy nation, His peculiar people who would show forth His praises into the darkness of this world.
We too have a mission and a message from God. We too, possessed of God’s Holy Spirit have been anointed to preach good tidings to the meek, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound in their sin. The acceptable year of the Lord is coming; the day of His vengeance will soon be here. Let us pick up the call of God to Isaiah as His call to us and let us be God’s messengers of His redemption. The Spirit of the Lord is upon us.
We have enjoyed having Janet McLanahan with us this week. What a special privilege it has been for so many of you to get to spent time with her. Let us uphold her in greater prayer as she continues to be used of God.
We do not have a Riverwalk outreach tonight. I know the calendar says we do but with my being gone the past two weeks we just could not pull it all together.
You don’t want to miss this Sunday. I will be giving a report on my trip which you, thankfully, sent me on. I have much to show you and am looking forward to our day together.
We had at least six unsaved girls in youth group last night. I changed the lesson and taught the Gospel in six words. Pray for these girls. They listened intently as I challenged them with their sin and their need of a Savior. What a thrill it would be for them to come back next week having trusted Christ.
Have a great day in the Lord,