Day 21 - Good News
“‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’ He rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’” --Luke 4:18-21
We’ve come to a pivotal moment in Jesus’s life. Gradually we have been working backwards through His ministry and teachings about the kingdom, and these verses above represent the first sermon Jesus preached: the thesis of His ministry.
These verses can also be found in the book of Isaiah in the Bible, chapter 61:1-2. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would come to execute this justice in the world; that He wouldn’t merely talk about good news, He would live it, and show others how to live it as well. As we have seen over these past few weeks, this prophecy is true of Jesus Christ. He didn’t just talk about love, He was love; He didn’t simply talk about opening the eyes of the blind, He opened them; He didn’t talk about salvation, He died on a cross to save us all. This is the Good News of a humble child coming to earth at Christmas time: not just that He came, but that He changed the world for good.