Isaiah 61 and the Missional God in Action

That Jesus quoted this in Luke 4:18-19 and then claimed to be the fulfillment of that scripture later is a portent of His ministry and of the Church’s. Among the activities Isaiah 61 shares:

  • Anointed by the Spirit to proclaim the good news to the poor
  • Bind up the brokenhearted
  • Proclaim freedom for the captives
  • Release prisoners from the darkness
  • Proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God
  • Comfort all who mourn
  • Provide for the grieving
    • beauty for ashes
    • joy for mourning
    • praise for despair
  • Planted as mighty oaks by the LORD
  • Rebuild the ancient ruins
  • Restore the devastated places
  • Renew the ruined cities
  • The people of God will be called “priests of the Lord” and will be “ministers of our God”
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