The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; Isaiah 61:1-2
The word Messiah or Christ means anointed one, the text is very clear that Jesus is the Messiah (Luke 4:21) The text also goes into more detail, what is the role of the Messiah. To preach good tidings or the good news (the gospel) The Christ brought the gospel to the world, the same gospel Jesus fulfilled by his death and resurrection (1 Cor. 15) The birth of Jesus Christ is good news for the entire world and worthy of all worship and praise!
Jesus said “If the son has set you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36) As the prophet Isaiah said the Messiah will “proclaim liberty to the captives” From a worldy perspective this initial doesnt make sense, as the religious leaders told Jesus “we have never been slaves to anyone” (John 8:33) However as Paul said , you are either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness (Romans 6:17-18) The world is held captive to sin, and Christ has come to set us free!
Those who don’t understand their sinful nature or the wrath to come, can’t grasp the unspeakable gift of Christ coming to Earth. To proclaim the acceptable year of The Lord, which is Jublilee, when slaves are set free, this is why the coming of Christ is the acceptable year of God. The Son has set us free!
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. Luke 4:18-21
Jesus himself confirmed he is the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy. You don’t need to read any commentary or have any pastor convince you Jesus is the Christ, Jesus told us himself. Jesus Christ is the living Word made flesh (John 1:1-14) Who has come to set us free from the bondages and sentence of our sins
This Christmas, proclaim the favorable year of The Lord, proclaim liberty, because Jesus Christ has come and set us free from the slavery of our sin, Amen!