5 December 18
Isaiah 61:1-3 HCSB The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of our God’s vengeance; to comfort all who mourn, to provide for those who mourn in Zion; to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair. And they will be called righteous trees, planted by the LORD to glorify Him.
The Lord Jesus fulfills this passage. He has been anointed to bring us good news, heal the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom to the captives, freedom to the prisoners, to tell all people that this is a good year (the years of His reign), to punish evil, to comfort those who are sad, to give beauty, instead of the ashes of sorrow, blessing oil instead of the stains of tears, and clothes of joy, instead of despair. Be thankful that He IS this person, our Messiah.