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Isaiah 61:1-11
In Jesus, we have everything.
He is where our deepest needs are met, and where our greatest dreams come true.
He revealed Himself to us fully and completely, so that we may know Him as He really is.
"Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father." (John 14:9)
He wants to be more than the one we call on in times of distress.
He came to bring us everything.
"This passage is about me. I'm the fulfillment of these words."
1. Jesus came to bring help to the troubled.
  • Everyone deals with problems and hurts and regrets and fears.
  • Number one, you are not alone.
  • Number two, Jesus came specifically to heal your hurts and give you victory over your troubles.
  • (v. 1-2) The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach the 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...
  • His presence in your life is enough.
  • Jesus came to set you free from the power of the past and from the fear of the future.
2. Jesus came to replace the ugliness in your life.
  • This is a world we cannot escape on our own, but Jesus came to change it.
  • (v. 2-3) ...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 gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
  • Praise Him, and your feelings will eventually change.
  • Your perception of your problems will get a lot smaller as your perception of God gets a lot bigger.
  • v. 4) They [that's his people; that's you] will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
  • I want you to know that He is ready to help you rebuild, restore and renew what you once lost.
  • (v. 7) Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.
3. Jesus came to make it last.
  • Jesus wants to do more than merely paint the surface of our lives.
  • (v. 8) In my faithfulness I will reward them.
  • (v. 8) ...and make an everlasting covenant with them.
  • "We will be together forever. I will be your God.
  • You will be my people. Nothing can stand in the way of that."
  • "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt..." (Jeremiah 31:3-4)
  • "...neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
  • (v. 9) All who see them will acknowledge that they are [that could say, "that you are"] a people that the Lord has blessed.
  • He wants to reveal His glory in your life.
  • Ask Him to fill your life with His mighty presence ... because His presence is enough to make all the difference in the world.