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Isaiah 61:1-3. Jesus has done much & performed many miracles. But, what can he do for ME? Tonight, we wish to answer that question!. Isaiah 63:1-3. Like many texts in Isaiah, this passage has a dual meaning. On the one hand, it refers to Isaiah & his ministry.

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Isaiah 61 1 3

Isaiah 61:1-3


Isaiah 61 1 3

  • Jesus has done much & performed many miracles.

    • But, what can he do for ME?

    • Tonight, we wish to answer that question!


Isaiah 63 1 3

Isaiah 63:1-3


Isaiah 61 1 3

  • Like many texts in Isaiah, this passage has a dual meaning.

    • On the one hand, it refers to Isaiah & his ministry.

    • On the other hand, this text refers to Jesus’ ministry.

      • Jesus applied this text to himself (Lk 4:17-21).

  • We wish to explore this text to see what Jesus can do for us.


Jesus brings me hope

Jesus Brings Me Hope

v 1


Isaiah 61 1 3

  • “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (v 1, ESV).


Isaiah 61 1 3

  • The Israelites who would go into captivity would have every reason to despair.

  • Yet, Isaiah has an important message for them.

    • God has sent him to preach good tidings to the poor.

    • God has sent him to heal broken hearts.


Isaiah 61 1 3

  • Jesus likewise gives hope.

    • He gave hope to the woman caught in adultery (Jn 8:2-11).

      • The scribes & Pharisees only wanted to test Jesus; they didn’t care what was right.

      • Jesus showed this woman forgiveness – he gave her hope.

    • He gave hope to the publicly sinful woman (Lk 7:37-50).

      • This woman was known in town as a sinful woman.

      • The Pharisees grumbled because Jesus allowed a “sinner” to touch him.

      • Yet, he forgave the woman of her sin – her gave her hope.


Jesus can give you hope

Jesus can give YOU hope!


Jesus brings me freedom

Jesus Brings Me Freedom

v 1


Isaiah 61 1 3

  • “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (v 1, ESV).


Isaiah 61 1 3

  • Isaiah would preach liberty to the captives & freedom to prisoners.

    • Isaiah, in prophecy, promised the captives that they would return home.

    • They would have captivity for 70 years, but they would then be free.

    • This freedom refers to the Year of Jubilee.

      • During this year, all debts & obligations were released and all slaves were released (Lev 25:39-41).

      • This idea is a new start for the captives.


Isaiah 61 1 3

  • Jesus frees us from captivity.

    • We can be set free from sin (Rom 6:18).

      • Sin does enslave.

        • “The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin” (Prov 5:22, ESV).

        • “They [false teachers] promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved” (2 Pet 2:19, ESV).

      • Sin can enslave to the point where we are trapped.

    • Yet, Jesus gives us true freedom (Jn 8:31-32).


Jesus brings me reconciliation

Jesus Brings Me Reconciliation

v 2


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  • God had appointed Isaiah & then Jesus “to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn” (v 2, ESV).


Isaiah 61 1 3

  • Isaiah was told to announce the acceptable year of the Lord.

    • This, too, refers to the Year of Jubilee.

      • The fiftieth year was to be proclaimed as a year of liberty (Lev 25;10).

    • These Jews had every reason to worry about God’s favor.

      • Their being taken from their homeland would show God’s displeasure.

      • Judah had committed grave sins when God sent them into captivity & the Lord was turning his back on them.


Isaiah 61 1 3

  • Jesus also brings God’s favor.

    • “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18-19, ESV).

    • Jesus died that he “might reconcile us both [Jew & Gentile] to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility” (Eph 2:16, ESV).


Isaiah 61 1 3

  • Isaiah also announces the day of vengeance.

    • Although Babylon had served God’s purpose during the Exile, God would punish them.

    • God’s people could take comfort in knowing that God promised vengeance upon their captors.

  • God will, likewise, punish our enemies.

    • “God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you” (2 Thess 1:6, ESV).


Jesus brings me joy

Jesus Brings Me Joy

vv 2b-3


Isaiah 61 1 3

  • God appointed Isaiah & Jesus “to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified” (vv 2-3, ESV).


Isaiah 61 1 3

  • Isaiah preached a message of comfort.

    • Those who dwelt in Zion would have reason to rejoice – the city would be rebuilt!

    • Isaiah would give them beauty for ashes & oil for mourning.

      • When in sorrow, individuals would put ashes on their head.

        • “Beauty” here refers to the turban one would wear to a party.

        • Instead of sorrow, God would give them reason to rejoice.

      • Oil symbolizes joy.

        • Individuals would anoint themselves with oil to show their joy.

        • These people would have every reason to rejoice.


Isaiah 61 1 3

  • Jesus can give us rejoicing as well.

    • We can rejoice because of what God has done for us (Is 61:10).

    • We can have joy because we are in Christ.

      • There was joy in Samaria when Philip preached there (Acts 8:8).

      • We rejoice with inexpressible joy because of our salvation (1 Pet 1:8-9).

    • With Jesus we have reason to rejoice.


Do you have reason to rejoice tonight

Do you have reason to rejoice tonight?


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