On 25th December, Christians around the world will celebrate the birth of the lord Jesus. (Yes, I am aware Jesus was not born on 25th December, but that is not the point of this article.) While we are enjoying the festive season, let us not forget the reason why Jesus came to this earth.
In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus declared,
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.“
Matthew Henry explained in his commentary that the above text informed the audience and us how was Jesus was qualified for the work, how Jesus was commissioned, and what the work of Jesus was. In modern lingo, the above states the mission statement of Jesus, the purpose of his coming.
It is worthy to note that the text was quoted from Isaiah 61:1-2, and the 2nd line reads “To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God…” Jesus had stopped at the comma when he read this at the synagogue. David Guzik wrote in his commentary, “Where Jesus stopped reading from Isaiah helps show us the nature of prophecy and its relation to time. The passage goes on to describe what Jesus would do at His second coming (and the day of vengeance of our God); this is a 2,000 year old comma.”
Thank God we are in the period of the acceptable year, not the day of vengeance (not yet).