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  1. “The Prophecy of It All” Isaiah 61:1-3 First Sunday of Advent

  2. I. He came to preach good news • His coming was to bind up the brokenhearted • Because of being in captivity or under oppression

  3. 2 Timothy 2:26 “And that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”

  4. I. He came to preach good news • His coming was to bind up the brokenhearted • Because of being in captivity or under oppression • Because of the loss of relationships

  5. Proverbs 18:24 “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.”

  6. I. He came to preach good news • His coming was to proclaim freedom for the captives • He releases the mind held captive by sin

  7. Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. . .”

  8. I. He came to preach good news • His coming was to proclaim freedom for the captives • He releases the mind held captive by sin • He releases people held captive by circumstances

  9. Titus 3:3 “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.”

  10. II. He came to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor • His coming was to declare liberty to all from the servitude of sin • Sin’s grip on our lives enslaves us • But it is liberty that frees us

  11. Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

  12. Galatians 5:13 “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”

  13. II. He came to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor • His coming was to declare the day of vengeance of our God • We are comforted to know that God’s justice will prevail • Vengeance belongs only to God

  14. Romans 12:19 “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

  15. III. He came to provide for those who grieve • His coming was to give them a crown of beauty for ashes • Ashes were a common sign of mourning • A crown of beauty is an ornament to celebrate that the grief has been replaced

  16. III. He came to provide for those who grieve • His coming was to give them oil of gladness instead of mourning • Oil was used generously on occasions of festivity • People refrained from using oil in their time of public calamity or grief

  17. III. He came to provide for those who grieve • His coming was to give them a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair • Clothing can be expressive of praise or gratitude rather than indicating grief • Instead of a heavy, burdened and oppressed spirit

  18. CONCLUSION What is the intended outcome?

  19. CONCLUSION What is the intended outcome? 1. They will be called oaks of righteousness

  20. CONCLUSION What is the intended outcome? • They will be called oaks of righteousness • They will be a planting of the Lord

  21. CONCLUSION What is the intended outcome? • They will be called oaks of righteousness • They will be a planting of the Lord • They will be for the display of His splendor

  22. APPLICATION What “good news” do you need to hear today? What is the freedom that you need to experience today? Do you need a crown of beauty for ashes? Do you need oil of gladness for mourning? Do you need a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness?