This week we are looking at some the Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament or the signs of Jesus’ coming in the Old Testament. Ways in which God prepared the way for Christ to enter into the world because he loves us.
Read Isaiah 61:1-3 This poetic prophecy about the Messiah was a Scripture that Christ read and acknowledged was about Him in Luke 4:17-21.
His ministry is presented as five-fold: He is a preacher (v. 1), particularly giving a message of hope to the dejected. He is a healer (v. 1), not only of physical needs but of emotional wounds as well. He is a deliverer (v. 1); above all He offers us the eternal freedom of life with God as opposed to being shackled in sin. He is comforter (v. 2-3), because the worst suffering is often feeling alone in one’s pain. And He is a planter (v. 3) of refurbished people who bring glory to His Kingdom.
Which of these offices of Christ do you feel in most need? As Jesus’ hands and feet, which ministry or ministries do you feel most gifted in to help others?
Christ was not afraid to publicly affirm who He was even when he was met with skepticism (see Luke 4:14-30) because His love for those in need trumped His concern of popular opinion. Love is about service, and service can get messy.
How has Jesus met your needs? How can you pass that love on by serving others?
Light the candle of Love
Pray: “God of infinite love, help me to accept your love in my life and be a vessel of your love to those around me. Let me clearly see where you have worked in my life, and let me share that transformation in a way that brings glory to You. Amen.”