Yesterday, I wrote about the passage in Luke where Jesus read the prophesy about himself in his hometown of Nazareth. I had looked back and read all that prophesy, and it’s so good, I wanted to read the full chapter.
I think it speaks to the heart of Christianity and what Jesus came to do – restore everything to what God created it to be. God has the power to turn the broken things into something beautiful. God has the power to turn people from evil to good. God has the power to build up the things that have been torn down.
That is the power of God. That is the character of God. To look upon sinners with a desire to restore them to the creation He intended. To restore regions and nations!
God knows the pain and misery and destruction that hell has brought to people and nations, and He wants to turn it all around! Hopeless lives – turned around! Countries full of corruption – turned around! He has the power and passion to do it! He just needs His people to agree! To take up their crosses and live for Him! His way is the only way back to Eden!
We can’t do it on our own!
Here is Isaiah 61:
The Good News of Salvation
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
They shall raise up the former desolations,
And they shall repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.
Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
And the sons of the foreigner
Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
But you shall be named the priests of the Lord,
They shall call you the servants of our God.
You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles,
And in their glory you shall boast.
Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs.
“For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery for burnt offering;
I will direct their work in truth,
And will make with them an everlasting covenant.
Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles,
And their offspring among the people.
All who see them shall acknowledge them,
That they are the posterity whom the Lord has blessed.”
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its bud,
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
There are times when I get spiritually hungry, and these are the kinds of passages I go to. Isaiah 61 is full of promise, full of hope, full of beauty!
In John 4:32, Jesus said, “I have food that you do not know about.”
It’s scriptures like this that make our spirits come alive and give us nourishment beyond what food ever could. Yes we need to eat, but we need life more! Spiritual life!
I encourage you to find those scriptures that make you go, “Yes!!! God is good and faithful and true!” Those will be the lifesavers that bring you through times of darkness when the wind and waves are howling!