About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Soon after the Holy Spirit publically anointed Jesus as
Israel's Messiah at His baptism Jesus returned to His home town of Nazareth in the power
of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:14). On
one Sabbath Jesus stood in the local synagogue, opened a scroll, and
by reading from Isaiah 61:1 and 2. It
was His inaugural speech wherein He set forth His agenda for the next few
years. "The Spirit of the
Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the good news to the
poor. He has sent me to
proclaim freedom for the prisoners and the recovering of sight for the
blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's
favour" (Luke 4:18 - 20 NIV).
If you read Isaiah 61:1 and 2 you will note that Jesus
ended His inaugural address in mid sentence.
He then sat down, to what I believe was a stunned audience.
Why did Jesus end His speech so abruptly?
Why didn't He finish reading the sentence?
It says. "And the
day of vengeance of our God, and to comfort all who mourn, and provide for
those who grieve in
The answer to this question is simple.
Jesus' mandate while on earth was to proclaim the day of God's
favour to Israel, not the day of His vengeance. For
this reason He stopped reading in mid sentence.
After centuries of rejecting the prophets of God, God was now
graciously extending His favour to
The day of vengeance that Isaiah 61:2 predicts is a period
of time where God's wrath and vengeance will explode upon the world.
It's often called the Great Tribulation or the time of Jacob's
trials (Jeremiah 30:7). It
ends when God gathers all nations to the Valley
that is between Jerusalem
Jesus abruptly ended His inaugural address for one
specific reason. His mission
was to proclaim the day of God's favour, not the day of His vengeance.
Like Jesus, we, by the power of the Holy Spirit, are anointed to
proclaim the good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners, the
recovering of sight to the blind, and release to the oppressed.
It's our mission to proclaim that this is the day of the Lord's