|REST STOP #3: Jesus Purpose, My Purpose
There is a lot of talk in religious circles these days about purpose. Some have even named set purposes that should drive every step of a Christians life. Im not so sure that its that easy or that being driven is a good thing (or at least a good way to define our Christian lives). But if it is appropriate to name 5 or 6 or 3 purposes that set out our course in life, then I think that Isaiah 61 is the place to go.
Why? Because more than anything else, these were the verses Jesus used to state his purposes. Luke 4 describes Jesus in the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth. Jesus had been away for awhile, including 40 days in the desert, and so, being a special guest, was asked to read the scriptures that day. Whether he chose Isaiah 61 or the priest (or God), we dont know for sure. The scroll of Isaiah was given to him and Jesus found chapter 61. I tend to believe Jesus chose these verses. He used them, here in his hometown, to declare his mission.
The Spirit of the LORD is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To let the oppressed go free,
To proclaim the year of the LORDs favor.1
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