Isaiah

Isaiah 61:1-3
1 “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;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 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.”


The Spirit of the Sovereign God was upon Jesus, because God had anointed and commissioned Him to proclaim good news to the poor / bring good news to the humble and afflicted.

God had sent Jesus:
– to bind up the wounds of the brokenhearted
– to proclaim freedom / release from confinement and condemnation to the physical and spiritual captives and release from darkness for the prisoners / freedom to prisoners
– to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor / the favorable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance and retribution of our God
– to comfort all who mourn, and provide for / and grant to those who grieve in Zion—
— to bestow on them / to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes / a turban instead of dust on their heads, a sign of mourning,
— the oil of joy instead of mourning, and
— a garment expressive of praise instead of a spirit of despair / instead of a disheartened spirit.