Good News of Isaiah 61
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the robe of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1-3).
God ‘s love in action:
brings good news
binds up the broken-hearted
proclaims liberty to captives
freedom to prisoners
favorable year of the LORD
justice of God
comfort all who mourn
The book of Isaiah was written 700 years before Jesus’ birth, and contains some of the most beautiful prophesies found in the Old Testament. In Isaiah we see God’s heart of salvation. God sending Jesus, the Anointed One, the Messiah - to save those who repent and believe, and judgment on those who make this world such a horrible place.
Both judgment and salvation are highlighted in Isaiah with a resounding word of hope, declaring heaven will be more glorious than any human heart can imagine.
Jesus completely fulfills God’s mission in bringing salvation to the world, illustrated when John the Baptist asked if Jesus was the Messiah or not?
“Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to Him, "Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?" Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” (Matthew 11:2-5).
Jesus is the One who brought; good news to the poor, comfort to the suffering, hope to the hopeless, and healing to so many while He walked the streets of first century Israel, and continues to bring the same good news today.
God sees our suffering and the enslavement to self destruction we have placed upon ourselves, because we have rebelled against Him, and done what is evil in His sight. God’s response to our rebellion and evil is to show us mercy and grace by taking away our punishment and saving us. Not only with eternal life after we die but also healing our broken hearts, releasing us from our slavery to sin, and giving us hope and joy in our present life.
Jesus is the good news of salvation and he has come to save all those who trust Him.
“God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17).