[Papercut Press] 2000-06-12 - Bind Up The Brokenhearted

The Prophecy Fulfilled Series, Part 17

The Prophecy

Isaiah 61:1,2 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn.

The Fulfillment

Luke 4:18,19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.

How wonderful are these verses. What comfort they bring to the Christian. The Lord Jesus Christ brings release, freedom, liberty, good news, comfort, and recovery to the afflicted, brokenhearted, captive, blind, downtrodden, poor and mourning sinner. Christ offers healing for all our struggles. He offers sanctuary to those who need shelter. He gives refuge to those who have no where else to turn.

So many Christians struggle with particular issues of life. It often may seem that these truths of comfort from Scripture are, in fact, not a reality. Many Christians struggle with health issues that are debilitating. Many struggle with addictive habits that choke all the joy from life. Many Christians live as if they had no victory from those things that tempt and rule them.

Since this is true for many, where is the freedom? Where is the release? Where is the liberty? When is this favorable year of the Lord? Well, I can not address everything specifically here, but in general there are two ways that the favorable year of the Lord is here.

  1. It is here because Christ is risen. Christ ushered in a new era of peace and forgiveness when He conquered sin and death by rising from the dead and when He sent the Holy Spirit to minister, convict, and comfort us. This is the era that the Old Testament saints longed to see. And what they could only hope for and anticipate, we have the privilege of experiencing. This era of resurrection life is truly the favorable year of the Lord.

  2. It is future. “Whom He justified, these He also glorified.” Romans 8:30 There is a sense in which the favorable year of the Lord, the release, the freedom, the liberty, comfort, and recovery are future. This is to be a great comfort to us. We are to look with longing eyes to the future. For it is there that we will experience and know fully just how favorable this favorable year of the Lord really is for us.

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Soli Deo Gloria,