"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor."
It’s not very often these days that we use or hear the word ‘anointed’. It describes the process that happens when a new King takes the throne. In the Old Testament, the kings would have oil poured over their heads. This symbolised the breath or spirit (ru’ah) of God being poured over them. In the process of the anointing the king was given both the divine authority and provision to carry out the task of leading God’s people.
When Jesus stands up in the synagogue and reads form Isaiah 61 – He claims this same anointing – the divine authority and provision to complete the task laid out before Him. That task was as He reads, to proclaim good news.
What was the good news? As he continued to read we hear what that good news is. Sight for the blind, freedom for the oppressed, and God’s favour for all. Jesus came to bring the good news that God was at work bringing about transformation and freedom and hope in actual time and space in the lives of real people. The good news is not just some nice idea or utopian dream. It is real change in the lives of real people in and through the authority and provision of Jesus Christ.
In Mark 16:15 Jesus says this to His disciples “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” He gives them and us this same task, to speak the good news of transformation, favour and hope. Some 50 days later he would then pour out His Holy Spirit on the church and they would increase in number from one hundred or so to well over three thousand.
If you have received Jesus as your Lord and Saviour you have been anointed to speak and enact the good news. Who is God calling you to speak His good news to this week? Who, in your life, really needs to experience His transformative and hope-filled words?
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