As Jesus launched his public ministry, he pointed people to a passage from Isaiah that would provide a framework for their understanding. The passage was Isaiah 61. It starts:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for captives and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion– release from darkness for the prisoners, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair.They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
In physics we understand that for every action there is a reaction. That is true in Isaiah 61 as well. First, God takes action: He put His Spirit on him, He anointed him, and then sent him.
Jesus’ reaction is to unleash heaven on Earth. If you understand this passage, you’ll better understand Jesus and all he did. He was the Spirit-filled son of God, anointed and sent to bring heaven to earth.
And he’s our leader, our teacher, our lord, and our love. We want to be more like him. And like him, God has put His Spirit on us. He has anointed us. And He has sent us.
We want to see heaven spill out all over the Westside of Colorado Springs. We want to bring good news to the poor, healing for broken people, freedom for people who feel trapped by circumstance or addiction, and light for people who live in darkness. We want to bring comfort to devastated people and joy to those who forget there was anything but sorrow. We want to see renewed and restored lives planted all over the Westside, like strong and tall oaks.
Oaks of righteousness.
- Pastor Ben Brooks