Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…

In both Matthew and Luke Jesus refers to this verse when answering John the Baptist’s question, “Are you the one?” It was an incredible concept in the time of Jesus, and a fulfillment of this prophecy. In those days, the good news was for the rich, the religious, those who held themselves up as “better” than others. Jesus came and said, the good news is for the poor, for those who are broken in spirit. Notice also, there is to be a release from darkness. Jesus bought freedom from the darkness of sin through the sacrifice of his life. If one knows the Saviour, His light shines in every time of our lives, providing help and hope.

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