Anointed to preach and overcome!

Scripture reading for October 22nd: Luke 3-6

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  “Then He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.  The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on Him, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:18-21

Not much  is recorded about the life of Jesus from the time He was twelve until He was baptized by John at the age of thirty.  We know that He worked with Joseph for part of that time in their carpenter shop.  He took part in normal family life and community life in the town of Nazareth.  Can you imagine eating off of a table that Jesus had made?  Or using an ox yoke that He had crafted?

At the proper time, Jesus went down to the Jordan River to where John was baptizing.  When John saw Jesus, he immediately knew that He was the coming Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world!  (John 1:29) As Jesus was baptized, the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in the form of a dove.  A voice from heaven (The Father) declared: “You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22)   This was Jesus’ anointing from the Father for His ministry on earth to redeem men.

The Spirit immediately led Jesus to the wilderness to be tempted during 40 days.  When he arrived back in Nazareth, He went to the synagogue.   He was invited to read from the scroll of Isaiah 61:1-2.  Jesus applied these verses to Himself, declaring His ministry and mission!  (Luke 4 :21)  Jesus completely fulfilled His mission in the anointing of the Spirit!  He obeyed His Father and overcame all Satan’s traps!  We have the same Spirit to enable us each day as the gift of our Father!

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