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Messiah’s Mission

61 The mighty Spirit of Lord Yahweh[a] is wrapped around[b] me

    because Yahweh has anointed me,[c]
    as a messenger to preach good news to the poor.[d]
    He sent me to heal the wounds of the brokenhearted,
    to tell captives, “You are free,”[e]
    and to tell prisoners, “Be free from your darkness.”[f]

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  1. Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is viewed by many scholars as a synonymical phrase for the Spirit of Prophecy.
  2. Isaiah 61:1 Or “upon, in, on, over, above, by, for, through, throughout, around, beside.”
  3. Isaiah 61:1 The title of Messiah is taken from the Hebrew verb “to anoint.” Messiah means the Anointed One in both Hebrew (mashiach) and Greek (Christos). Our Lord Jesus quoted this passage in Nazareth (Luke 4:16-21) and introduced his “jubilee” ministry to Israel (Lev. 25). The first three verses of this chapter describe the twofold mission of Jesus: (1) to open the door of the day of grace to the world; (2) to proclaim the day of vengeance coming on sin, darkness, sickness, and eventually, the “goat” nations. As a prophet, he comes to preach the new season of grace; as a priest, he comes to heal; and as a king, he comes to decree and herald peace and freedom to the captives. See Luke 3:21-22; Acts 10:38.
  4. Isaiah 61:1 Or “humble, lowly, depressed.”
  5. Isaiah 61:1 See Rom. 8:21; 2 Cor. 3:17; Gal. 5:1.
  6. Isaiah 61:1 Or “to release the blind from darkness” (LXX).