These are the words Jesus quoted as he began his public ministry.
He understood them better than anyone else and for anyone else, this would have been an utterly preposterous declaration, except in uttering them and embodying the message he made a way for us to join in.
It’s a cosmic microphone drop moment.
This is another occasion where Isaiah takes out his time-bending telescope and peers into the heart of God and sees the magnitude of his plan. A plan that started outside of time and before our time and now one that we are being asked to participate in.
Towards the end of John’s gospel, we read about the resurrected Jesus appearing to his disciples: ‘he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”’ He also breathes on us.
The Spirit signals our identity – we belong to Jesus. The Spirit calls us into his purpose. And the Spirit empowers us so that we can outwork all that God has given us to do.
I can now declare that The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me and you can do the same. ‘Is on me’ those three little words change everything. Do you believe this is the case?
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is also on you.
We invite you to join us as we journey slowly and prayerfully through Isaiah 61 - line by line over forty days.