Isaiah 61

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives …” (v1). Israel was lost in sin, yet God promised that His anointed servant, the Messiah, would fulfill everything God’s people failed to be and do. Jesus declared that He was fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy (Luke 4:18), offering healing and freedom. He proclaimed “the year of the Lord’s favor” to all who would receive Him.

“Instead of shame there shall be double portion” (v7). Only God Himself can take away shame and make us “oaks of righteousness” (v3).