Sunday, May 19th, 2013
Isaiah 61 (Part 2)
The Great Commission
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.
Isaiah 61:1 (NKJV)
'And you shall take the anointing oil, pour it on his head, and anoint him' (Exodus 29:7). When Moses anointed Aaron, he received a great commission: Aaron became the priest of God's people.
'You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him' (Acts 10:38). When God anointed Jesus, He received a great commission: Jesus became the Savior of God's people.
' 'Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.' And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit' ' (John 20:21-22). When Jesus anointed His disciples, they received a great commission: His followers became 'Ambassadors for Christ' (2 Corinthians 5:20) to all of Earth's people.
They were actors, models and talent for Christ.
So are you. As 'Citizens of Heaven' (Philippians 3:20), you represent the Government of God on the airwaves of media. God has sent you on this mission, as He sent Jesus before you: 'To preach good tidings to the poor,' 'To heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives.'
Why the poor? Because 'The common people heard Jesus gladly' (Mark 12:37). What about the rich? 'Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed' (Acts 28:27).
But as servants of the Healer (see Luke 9:11), you carry The Cure! With the anointing of Christ, you are the 'Eye salve' (Revelation 3:18) of a fresh, new vision.
'Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age' (Matthew 28:19-20).
I believe we are they whom Jesus sent to this purpose. I believe we near the end of the age. His Great Commission has never been more important.
To Be Continued...
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Isaiah 61: http://mhcw.biblecommenter.com/isaiah/61.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Isaiah 61 series.