Chapter 61 is a passage about Christ. Jesus quoted 61:1-2 when he was speaking at the synagogue in Nazareth. Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” We live in the in-between time. The Good News was born with the coming of Christ but we are still awaiting his second coming for the “day of vengeance will be fulfilled. That is why Christ stopped reading at that point…it is still to come.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.