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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Isaiah 61

As I opened the Bible today, my cutting lead me to a particular section of the old testament the one read by Jesus during the start of His ministry. The passage is Isaiah 61:1 and it says "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;"

The timing of the message made me reflect that this mission was given by the Father to his Chosen One "Jesus Christ". And as this Anointed completed his part of the mission sent his disciples to continue the work of preaching, healing, liberating, and freeing all the poor, the sick, the captives, and those bound by the forces of this world whom the devil owned until the time of His return.

The challenge now is with us "Christians" of finding the poor not only materially but most of all spiritually, for material richness doesn't matter, and return them to the riches of God's kingdom, a deeper relationship to his Creator.

Let us heal those afflicted by spiritual sickness, envy, anxiety, selfishness, pride, immorality, and sins of all sorts and nurture upon each a life full of love to God and to others. A preacher once suggested, if you are tempted to sin against somebody, just imagine that that person is Jesus Christ.

Furthermore, we are tasked to free those captives and imprisoned by their worldly desires. People today thought that their comfort zones are the safest place. No, they became instead their prison cell.

As Christians we should evaluate where are we in our mission today. Have we become part of the works mentioned in Isaiah 61:1? Are we worthy to partake the banquet prepared for us in His home, our future home?

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