Scripture: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” – Luke 4:18-20 (NIV).
Meditate: If you had any misperception as to why the Spirit of the Lord is on a person, then from today you don’t have to anymore, for Jesus explains why: “because he has anointed me to…” – He clarifies, expounds and enlightens us very clearly what the Anointing is for and what it’s supposed to accomplish in and through those God has appointed and anointed.
Jesus has just repeated part what He has spoken earlier through the prophet Isaiah, in which He explains comprehensively: “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 the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 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—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 a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor…” – Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV).
I just love these Scriptural verses above, for it not only spells out very, very clearly, why the Spirit of the Lord is on a person and but also the purpose of the anointing. The Sovereign Lord chooses and anoints people to carry out His special purpose in and through them. The reason why I mention first, “in” and then through them is because the vessels God uses needs to be thoroughly saved set free first themselves! They need to first experience in their very own lives the demonstration of God’s power, which Jesus is talking about here, before He can use them.
The “Spirit of the Lord…” is viewed by many scholars as a synonymical phrase for the Spirit of Prophecy. As a prophet, Jesus comes to preach the new season of grace; as a Priest, He comes to heal; and as the King, He comes to decree and herald peace and freedom to the captives.
First, the truth that Christ imparts, make men/women free! Our justification through Christ makes us free from the guilt of sin, by which we were bound over to the judgment of God, and bound under amazing fears; sanctification through Christ makes us free from the bondage of corruption, by which we were restrained from that service which is perfect freedom, and constrained to that which is perfect slavery. Yes, the Gospel truth sets us free from the yoke of ritualistic, traditional, ceremonial laws, and also from the more grievous burdens of the denominational traditions of the elders. Gospel truth sets us free from our spiritual enemies, sets us free in the service of God, and sets us free to the privileges as God’s children.
Secondly, knowing, entertaining, and believing this truth does actually make us free, i.e. free from prejudices, mistakes, and false notions (which nothing more but enslaves and entangles the soul), free from the dominion of lust and passion; and restores the soul willingly into submission and obedience to its Creator. The mind which admits Christ’s Truth in it’s proper light and power is vastly enlarged and is greatly elevated and raised above things of human senses, and never acts with so true a liberty as when it acts under a divine command, check 2Corinthians 3:17. The enemies of Christianity pretend to be free thinkers, but in reality they aren’t, whereas those who are the freest in reasoning’s are guided by faith, and these are men/women whose thoughts are captivated and brought into obedience to Christ.
When you look at the present day ministers, ministries and Christians in general within Christendom in the light of this truth, it’s a far cry from what God wants to accomplish. Rather than preaching the Good News unadulterated to the meek, the poor, and suffering, rather than healing the wounds of the afflicted and brokenhearted and telling captives [physical and spiritual] that they are free from their darkness and of the opening their blind eyes, we see the opposite – what we see instead is actors and performers who proclaim themselves as ministers appointed by God, deceiving the wanna be deceived, the vulnerable and also the weak in faith – blind leading the blind on the Broadway to destruction! The focus of the congregation is on man, their so-called worship is of man, and their preaching is to please the itching ears of man. Their motivational messages, motivates such people directly to hell!
My question is, is it really so hard to understand why the Spirit of the Lord is on a person, and why God appoints and anoints a person, even after it’s so clearly spelt out by Jesus? If you mediate of these verses with a pure heart, one can easily see on whom is the Spirit of the Lord, who is truly appointed, anointed and qualified by God as His servants to preach the Gospel of good tidings. I pray you’ll sincerely meditate on Isaiah 61:1-3 with God the Holy Spirit’s help and yield to Him as He leads you into all truth, check John 16:13. In the light of this message, are you Spirit filled and Anointed by God?
I’ll close by allowing you to reflect on Isaiah 61:1-3 (TPT): “The mighty Spirit of Lord Yahweh is wrapped around me because Yahweh has anointed me, as a messenger to preach good news to the poor. He sent me to heal the wounds of the brokenhearted, to tell captives, “You are free,” and to tell prisoners, “Be free from your darkness.” I am sent to announce a new season of Yahweh’s grace and a time of God’s recompense on his enemies, to comfort all who are in sorrow, to strengthen those crushed by despair who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful bouquet in the place of ashes, the oil of bliss instead of tears, and the mantle of joyous praise instead of the spirit of heaviness. Because of this, they will be known as Mighty Oaks of Righteousness, planted by Yahweh as a living display of his glory.”