Isaiah 61:1-4

Tom Harding

Isaiah 61:1-4 When we read these verses there can be no doubt in our mind who this scripture is talking about. In the gospel of Luke the story is recorded how the Lord Jesus asked for the book of Isaiah, turned and read this passage and applied it to Himself (Luke 4:16-21). He said, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." All that heard Him, "wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth."

Our blessed Lord came to accomplish a tremendous undertaking for the glory of God and the good of God's elect (Gal. 4:4). As the Surety and Mediator of the covenant of grace (Heb.7:22), the entire weight of our salvation was laid upon Him (Isa.53:4-8). This verse tells us to accomplish such a task; He was anointed, appointed, ordained, empowered, and endued with God the Holy Spirit, He said, "the Spirit of the Lord God is upon me."

These verses in Isaiah declare five distinct things the Lord came to accomplish for His sheep.

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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