Jesus Comes, the Lord's Anointed

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Jesus Comes, the Lord's Anointed


The beautiful opening words of Isaiah 61 are a traditional Advent reading and also a reading Christ himself chose as a visiting rabbi at his home synagogue in Nazareth. These words tell us what the promised Messiah, the anointed one, would do when he came: "The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me [the Messiah], because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim 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, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor."

The poor, the captive, the brokenhearted: this is us. We are spiritually impoverished, captive to the power of sin, and grief-stricken at the consequences of sin in our lives.

The Lord's anointed comes to change this. His coming is truly a hinge of history, a few years of earthly time that changes the entire course of the human race.

Because we know Christ came for the whole world, our inclination may be to generalize his work, to emphasize his love for all people to such an extent that we forget he lived and died for individuals—for me. Jesus’ Advent changes everything for me. He comes to bring freedom to me. He comes to heal my broken heart. He comes to change my history, to give my life purpose and promise. Advent means a new beginning for me.

Believing that Christ came for me—and saying it, singing it—isn’t self-centeredness; it's faith. May God renew and refresh our faith in our Advent Savior!

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